A new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America and data from construction technology firm Procore show that construction activity is returning to pre-coronavirus levels in many parts of the country and some firms are adding workers.
The new economic data, however, also shows some future projects are being canceled and many others are being delayed by supply chain issues and labor shortages, underscoring the need for additional federal recovery measures, association officials noted.
The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
May represented the largest monthly increase in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939, a drastic improvement from April, which recorded the industry's largest month-over-month job loss.
The ongoing shortage of construction workers is affecting general contractors and subcontractors in many states. This is very much the situation for the membership of the Georgia Highway Construction Association (GHCA), which has the twin challenge of replacing an existing aging workforce, where retirements occur daily, all while seriously increasing the labor pool to meet the demand of increasing amount of work being asked for by the Georgia Department of Transportation, large cities such as Atlanta and by smaller counties.
HOLT Cat, the Caterpillar Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, will be hiring for positions necessary to open HOLT Manufacturing. The new facility will open in May and is located in the former Caterpillar Work Tools plant on Texas Central Parkway in Waco.
Construction employment increased in 32 states in January compared to both December and January 2019, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released March 16. Association officials said that the data was collected well before the coronavirus began to impact the economy and that construction employment levels are likely to decline beginning in March as the virus impacts many parts of the economy.
Stihl Inc. hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, the Hampton Roads Chamber and local business leaders on Feb. 3, 2020, for a roundtable discussion highlighting workforce development and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
"We have about 7 million vacant jobs and about 6 million people looking for them," said Scalia.
Construction employment grew in 211, or 59 percent, out of 358 metro areas between December 2018 and December 2019, declined in 73 and was unchanged in 74, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released Feb. 5 by the Associated General Contractors of America.
Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December 2018 and December 2019, while construction employment increased in 29 states from November to December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released Jan.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) The construction industry is booming in New Mexico and economic development officials in the southeast corner of the state are expecting even more from the industry in 2020.
The Associated General Contractors of America reports the state was ranked No.
Construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in December and by 151,000, or 2.0 percent, in all of 2019, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that its recent survey found three out of four contractors expect to keep adding workers in 2020, but even more respondents found it difficult to fill positions in 2019, and a majority anticipate it will be as hard or harder to do so in 2020.
Construction spending rose 4.1 percent from November 2018 to November 2019, while industry employment grew in 226, or 63 percent, out of 358 metro areas, according to a new analysis of federal data released Jan. 3 by the Associated General Contractors of America.