Small gain in Long Island construction employment
Construction employment on Long Island rose slightly again last month.
Nassau and Suffolk counties added 700 construction jobs from Dec. 2021 to Dec. 2022, a 1 percent year-over-year gain, rising from 78,900 to 79,600, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America.
Regionally, the number of construction jobs in New York City was up 3 percent from Dec. 2021 to Dec. 2022, increasing from 138,900 to 143,100.
Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area was up 7 percent, adding 3,200 jobs from Dec. 2021 to Dec. 2022 and rising from 43,100 to 46,300.
Between Dec. 2021 and Dec. 2022, construction employment rose in 268 metro areas, declined in 47 metro areas and remained flat in 43 areas, according to the AGCA report.
Association officials said the job growth in most parts of the country was welcome, but cautioned that workforce shortages, rising costs for construction materials and private-sector uncertainty pose a challenge for the industry this year.
The metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment from Dec. 2021 to Dec. 2022 include the Orlando, Fla. area, which lost 7,500 jobs for a 9 percent drop; the Richmond, Va. area, which lost 3,900 jobs for a 10 percent drop; and the Minneapolis area, which dropped 3,800 jobs for a 5 percent decline.
Metro areas adding the most construction jobs over the last year include the Houston area, which gained 18,800 jobs for a 9 percent rise; the Las Vegas area, which added 10,000 jobs for a 16 percent gain; and the Seattle area, which gained 9,200 jobs for a 9 percent increase.