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Construction Employment Trails Pre-Pandemic Level In 39 States As Supply Chain Challenges, Rising Materials Prices Undermine Demand

July 16, 2021

Construction employment in June remained below the levels reached before the pre-pandemic peak in February 2020 in 39 states, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released today. Association officials noted that many construction firms are struggling to cope with supply chain challenges and rising materials prices, which is undermining demand for new projects and impacting firms’ ability to hire new workers.

“The construction industry is a long way from full recovery in most states, in spite of a hot homebuilding market in many areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Soaring materials costs, long production times for key items, and delayed deliveries are causing owners to postpone projects.”

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