In his recent report, Ken Simonson at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) said, "With more than two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas adding construction jobs it is clear that the demand for construction is broad-based geographically and by project type.” Simonson, the association’s chief economist, adds that construction employment hit new peak levels in 31 metro areas. “The main soft patch for the construction industry remains the parts of the country most likely to be affected by declining energy prices.”
Areas with the most jobs gained in the past year ranged from Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, California area with 11,900 new jobs to the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia area with 8,500 new jobs.
Hardest hit areas for construction job losses were Odessa, Texas and Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, each seeing more than 2,500 fewer jobs in the past year.
AGC says 70 percent of firms, according to the association’s annual Outlook survey, report they are already having a hard time finding qualified workers.