Why 2013 was a Success for Metropolitan Construction Employment
Figures show that in one year, construction employment increased in 192 out of 339 metro areas, in other words more than half of them. At the same time it experienced a drop in 84 and remained unchanged in 63 of them. According to Ken Simonson, an economist working with the AGC, the increase was mostly driven by “growing demand for apartment and single-family construction”. At the same time, December 2013 saw slower construction employment mainly due to bad weather conditions, thus Mr. Simonson is optimistic about the upcoming months.
Another reason for optimism is that Congress can do a lot to boost the sector if it speeds up reforms in funding for port and waterways improvements, as well as passes the new surface transportation bill.