Construction employment increased in 256 out of 358 metro areas between April 2017 and April 2018, declined in 63 and was unchanged in 39, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that the data showed a continuation of strong labor demand amid shortages of qualified workers.
“Industry demand is still showing strength, as construction employment reached a new high in 54 metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “However, despite these signs, further growth in the industry may increasingly be stymied by a lack of qualified workers.”
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