Construction Spending Increases 1.0 Percent from January to February; Industry Adds Jobs in 232 Out of 358 Metro Areas Since February 2018

April 1, 2019

Construction spending increased by 1.0 percent from January to February, while construction employment increased compared to February 2018 levels in 275 out of 358 metro areas, according to an analysis of new government data today by the Associated General Contractors. Association officials called on federal officials to support more career and technical education programs to prepare workers for in-demand careers like construction.

“The spending increase in February follows an extremely strong 2.5 percent gain in January, which aligns with contractors’ reports that they were busy early in the year and expect to stay that way through 2019,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The major challenge they face is finding enough workers.”

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