A recent analysis from the Associated General Contractors said construction employment climbed in 30 states (and D.C.) from November to December with 42 states adding construction jobs over the past 12 months. In addition, the AGC says demand for many types of commercial construction projects remain strong and that firms would likely have added more people if they could find workers. Be sure to look at their complete list of where the jobs were added.
“…most nonresidential contractors continue to report strong demand and that they would like to add more workers than are available.” Said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.
“Investing in construction workforce development is one of the most effective ways to expand the middle class and create greater economic opportunity…Unfortunately, most federal education funding today goes to encouraging people to go to college and enter the service sector instead of preparing for careers in fields like construction.” said Stephen Sandherr, the AGC’s chief executive officer.