Two-thirds Of Metro Areas Add Construction Jobs From May 2021 To May 2022 But Lack Of Workers Holds Back Employment In Some Areas

Construction employment increased in two out of three U.S. metro areas between May 2021 and May 2022, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government employment data. Association officials noted that a lack of qualified workers kept employment down in many metro areas.

“Construction employment has rebounded from post-pandemic lows in most metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But near-record low unemployment and historically high job openings show that employment would be even higher if enough qualified workers were available.”

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