Construction Employment Rises In 224 Of 358 Metro Areas Between December 2022 And December 2023; Widespread Openings Limit Increases


Construction employment increased in 224 of 358 metro areas between December 2022 and December 2023, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government employment data. Association officials noted that the industry still has nearly 400,000 unfilled positions nationwide, and likely would have added even more jobs if firms could find more qualified workers to hire.

“Even more metro areas would have added workers if they were available,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But there were 374,000 job openings in construction at the end of December according to a separate government report, illustrating the difficulty contractors face in filling positions.”

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