Construction Employment Increases in 272 Metros Between June 2017 & 2018 as Strong Demand, Growing Economy Offset Labor Tariff Woes

July 31, 2018

Construction employment increased in 272 (76 percent) out of 358 metro areas between June 2017 and June 2018, declined in 44 (12 percent) and was unchanged in 42, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that, for now at least, the growing economy and strong demand for construction services appear to be offsetting cost increases caused by significant labor shortages and newly-imposed trade tariffs.

“Increases in construction employment in the past year were widespread and strong, as employment increased in three-fourths of metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Workers in most metro areas are benefitting as firms keep pace with strong demand for construction services.”

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