CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 218 OUT OF 339 METRO AREAS BETWEEN MAY 2013 & 2014 AS 28 AREAS MATCH OR EXCEED PREVIOUS RECORDS FOR THE MONTH

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 218 OUT OF 339 METRO AREAS BETWEEN MAY 2013 & 2014 AS 28 AREAS MATCH OR EXCEED PREVIOUS RECORDS FOR THE MONTH

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama)

Construction employment expanded in 218 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 49 between May 2013 and May 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that job losses could spread to more metros unless policy makers in Washington quickly agree on providing new funding for the federal highway program. “Construction employment continues to rise in about two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “However, there are still many areas that have not achieved consistent growth, and very few metros have exceeded previous peaks of construction employment.” Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas added the largest number of construction jobs in the past year (11,100 jobs, 10 percent); followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (9,300 jobs, 8 percent); Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (7,300, 4 percent); Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif. (7,200 jobs, 9 percent) and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. (7,100 jobs, 8 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in St. Cloud, Minn. (34 percent, 1,700 jobs); Monroe, Mich. (30 percent, 700 jobs); and El Centro, Calif. (29 percent, 600 jobs). –

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