Three-fourths Of Metro Areas Add Construction Jobs From January 2021 To 2022; Soaring Job Openings Indicate Lack Of Workers Kept Employment Totals Down


Construction employment increased in nearly three out of four U.S. metro areas in January compared to a year ago, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government employment data. Association officials welcomed the widespread job gains but cautioned that contractors in many areas are having trouble finding enough qualified workers to return to pre-pandemic levels amid tight labor market conditions.

“Construction employment is now increasing in most areas after a rough first year of the pandemic,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But contractors recently have had more unfilled positions at the end of each month than they have been able to fill.” 

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