Construction Employment Shrinks in 325 of the Nation's 337 Largest Metro Areas in September
October 28, 2009
All but 12 communities nationwide saw declines in construction employment between September 2008 and 2009 according to a new analysis of metropolitan area employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). That analysis found more construction jobs were lost in Phoenix (35,100) than in any other city in America.
"It shouldn't take an act of nature to put construction workers back on the job," says Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC's chief executive officer, noting that many of the communities adding jobs were in the midst of rebuilding after recent natural disasters. "Construction workers would rather have a surge in new projects than a flood of layoffs."
Sandherr says that Reno-Sparks, Nev., had the largest percentage decline with a 35 percent drop in construction employment. Other cities with large percentage declines in construction employment included Kokomo, Ind. (31 percent); Redding, Calif. (29 percent); El Centro, Calif. (29 percent); and Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Wash. (28 percent). Sandherr adds that 38 communities saw construction employment declines of 20 percent or more during the past 12 months.
In comparison, only one community saw double-digit job gains. Columbus, Ind., led the nation in construction job growth with a 15 percent increase. Seven other cities saw increases in construction employment, including Anderson, Ind. (6 percent); Bismarck, N.D. (3 percent); Tulsa, Okla. (3 percent); and Baton Rouge, La. (1 percent).
Four other cities saw no change in construction employment.
Sandherr says Congress and the Administration should act quickly on a number of key tax measures such as extending the first-time homebuyers credit and expanding the carryback tax provisions to cover net operating losses in 2009 and 2010 for all businesses. He adds that Congress and the Administration also should act on the other measures outlined in the association's construction industry recovery plan, "Build Now for the Future: A Blueprint for Economic Recovery."
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