Construction Employment Increases In 231 Of 358 Metro Areas From April 2022 To April 2023 As Low Unemployment Rate Holds Back Job Gains


Construction employment increased in 231, or 65 percent, of 358 metro areas between April 2022 and April 2023, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government employment data. Association officials said the lack of available workers to hire is keeping many metro areas from adding even more workers.

“The list of leading metros shows employment gains were spread throughout the nation, thanks to demand from many types of projects,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But with the construction unemployment rate setting an all-time low for April of 4.1 percent, contractors in many areas weren’t able to find enough qualified workers.”

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