Construction employment Increases in between June 2016 and 2017

Western metro areas fare better than other locales, reports the Associated General contractors of America.

Construction employment increased in 264 out of 358 metro areas between June 2016 and June 2017, declined in 57 and stagnated in 37, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that even though most metro areas added construction jobs, the employment gains were particularly pronounced in the western third of the country.

“Western metro areas, from southern California and Nevada to Oregon and Washington, logged many of the largest absolute and percentage increases in construction employment in the past year,” says Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist. “In contrast, the metros with the largest job losses were all in the middle or eastern portions of the country.”

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