AGC Reports Construction Employment Declines in 333 out of 352 Metropolitan Areas in June
July 28, 2009
Construction employment declined in all but 19 communities nationwide
this June as compared to June 2008, according to a new analysis
of metropolitan-area employment data released by the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC). The analysis, which ranks
the 12-month construction employment change reported by the Bureau
of Labor Statistics for 352 metro areas, shows that few places in
America have been spared the widespread downturn in construction
employment over the past year.
According to Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist, construction employment
declined in 333 metropolitan areas since June-2008. According to
the data, Pascagoula, Miss., and Reno-Sparks, Nevada, both lost
one out of every three construction jobs over the past year. More
than 200 metropolitan areas suffered double-digit percentage declines
in construction employment in the past 12 months, Simonson added.
Simonson noted that only ten cities have seen increases in construction
employment since last June. Those cities include Columbus, Ind.,
where construction employment shot up more than 31 percent from
the previous June, and the Weirton-Steubenville area along the West
Virginia-Ohio border where construction employment climbed almost
"This recession won't be over for most communities until we
find a way to get construction workers across the country back on
the job," said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC chief executive officer.
"That's why we need to act now to ensure the stimulus' sequel
isn't idle cranes and empty work boots."
According to the announcement, Sandherr urged Congress to pass a
surface transportation bill that the association estimates would
create or save over 616,000 jobs for each of its six years. He added
that Washington also needed to act on long-delayed legislation to
finance vital water, aviation and maritime infrastructure projects.
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