Construction Employment Increases in December 2018 in 43 States and D.C.

Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December 2017 and December 2018, while 36 states added construction jobs between November and December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released on January 18. Association officials cautioned that growing labor shortages and trade disputes were leading to higher construction costs.

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“The construction industry ended 2018 in good shape in nearly all parts of the country, and contractors are optimistic about the volume of work available in 2019,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “But finding workers to execute those projects is likely to be a major challenge”

Nearly four out of five construction firms expect to add employees in 2019, the economist said, based on the 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Survey that the association conducted with Sage and released on January 2.

At the same time, 78% of the survey’s 1312 respondents said their firm was having a hard time filling positions, and two-thirds of the respondents reported they expect it will be as hard or harder to hire workers in 2019.

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