Long Island Construction Employment On The Rise


Long Island Construction Law did not create this content about Long Island Construction Employment. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on January 3rd, 2020.

Long Island Construction employment saw a significant increase in November as compared with the previous year, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Between Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2019, Nassau and Suffolk counties gained about 6,400 construction jobs, which was an 8 percent rise for a current total of about 89,900 people employed in construction here.

Regionally, construction employment in New York City declined last month with a 4 percent drop in construction jobs, losing about 6,900 jobs from Nov. 2018 to Nov. 2019. Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area was up 5 percent, adding about 2,300 jobs from Nov. 2018 to Nov. 2019.

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Nationwide, construction employment expanded in 226 out of 358 metro areas surveyed, between Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2019, the AGCA reports.

The metro areas seeing the largest increase in construction jobs between Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2019 included the Dallas area, which added 15,400 jobs for a rise of 10 percent; the Las Vegas area, which gained 11,000 construction jobs in the past year for a 17 percent increase; and the Omaha, Neb. area, which added 4,500 jobs for a 15 percent gain.

Besides New York City’s sizeable drop in jobs, other metro areas with the largest construction job losses included the Nashville area, which lost 3,400 jobs for a 7 percent decrease; the Hartford, Conn. area, which lost about 2,300 jobs in an 11 percent drop; and the San Bernardino, Calif. area, which lost about 4,300 jobs in a 4 percent decline.

John Caravella, Esq

John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: John@LIConstructionLaw.com or (631) 608-1346.

This is a general information article about Long Island construction employment and should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion. The content above has been edited for conciseness and additional relevant points are omitted for space constraints. Readers are encouraged to seek counsel from a construction lawyer who has experience with Long Island construction law for advice on a particular circumstance.

David Winzelberg covers real estate, development, land use, retailing, franchising and white-collar crime for Long Island Business News.

An award-winning journalist who spent 20 years writing about Long Island for The New York Times, David’s work has also appeared in The Atlantic magazine, Forbes.com and has been featured on CNBC’s “American Greed.” A former adjunct professor of journalism and former editor of a weekly community newspaper, David is a frequent panelist and moderator at area business events.

He can reached via email at dwinzelberg@libn.com or at (631) 913-4247.