Long Island Construction Employment Still Lags

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Though the number of construction jobs on Long Island increased significantly from May to June, construction employment is still down from last year. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk counties rose 19 percent, rising from 65,400 in May to 78,000 in June, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

However, Long Island lost about 7,900 construction jobs between June 2019 and June 2020, a decline of 9 percent year over year. Regionally, construction employment in New York City increased 22 percent from May to June, adding 22,100 construction jobs, but the city still lost 38,200 construction jobs between June 2019 and June 2020, a 24 percent drop.

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Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area climbed by 4,000 jobs from May to June, for a 12 percent rise, though year over year, the area lost 8,600 construction jobs for an 18 percent decrease. Nationwide, construction employment declined in 225 out of 258 metro areas, between June 2019 and June 2020, the AGCA reports.

Besides New York City, the metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment in the last year include the Montgomery/Bucks/Chester counties area in Pennsylvania, which lost 11,800 construction jobs for a 21 percent drop; the Boston area, which lost 11,100 construction jobs for a 15 percent decrease and the Midland, Texas area, which lost 10,500 construction jobs for a 26 percent drop.

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.

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