Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country in declining construction employment in September. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk was down 6,000 jobs over the last year, a decline of 8 percent from Sept. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 78,200 in Sept. 2020 to 72,200 in Sept. 2021.
Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 4 percent from Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2021, losing 5,500 construction jobs in that period.
Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area was down 2,300 jobs from Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2021, for a 5 percent decline.
Nationwide, construction employment increased in 258 out of 358 metro areas, between Sept. 2020 and Sept. 2021, the AGCA reports, while employment in 33 metro areas was unchanged and 67 metro areas saw job declines in that time.
Besides New York City and Long Island, the metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment from Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2021 include the New Orleans area, which lost 3,100 jobs for a 12 percent decline; the Calvert, Md. area, which lost 3,100 jobs for a 9 percent drop; and the Baltimore area, which lost 2,400 jobs for a 3 percent drop.
Metro areas adding the most construction jobs over the last year include the Sacramento, Calif. area, which gained 9,000 jobs for a 13 percent rise; the Seattle area, which gained 7,800 jobs for an 8 percent increase; and the San Diego area, which added 7,600 jobs for a 9 percent gain.
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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