Construction employment declined in 157 out of 337 metropolitan areas between April 2011 and April 2012, increased in 120 and stayed level in 60, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by AGC. Association officials said that construction employment continues to suffer from relatively weak demand being driven largely by declines in public sector investments.
“As public investments in infrastructure and other forms of construction continue to decline, construction employment is taking a hit in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Even in places where construction employment is increasing, the figures would have been better if the public sector wasn’t holding things back.”
Read the full press release here. The news was covered by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Reno Gazette Journal, CNNiReport, Columbus Daily Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal, Wichita Business Journal, Birmingham News, Evansville Courier, Business First, Business Journal, News Tribune, and the Orange County Register.