Construction Employment Increases in 256 Metro Areas Between April 2017 & 2018 Despite Challenge of Finding Qualified Workers in Tight Job Market

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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