Long Island Construction Employment Climbs Year Over Year

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 February 5th, 2020.

Construction employment on Long Island continued to increase in December compared with the previous year, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Between Dec. 2018 and Dec. 2019, Nassau and Suffolk counties gained about 2,100 construction jobs, which was a 3 percent rise for a current total of about 86,100 people employed in construction here.

Regionally, construction employment in New York City declined last month with a 3 percent drop in construction jobs, losing about 4,500 jobs from Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019. Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area was flat, holding steady with about 43,800 jobs in Dec. 2018 and Dec. 2019.


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Nationwide, construction employment expanded in 211 metro areas, declined in 73 and remained unchanged in 74 out of 358 metro areas surveyed, between Dec. 2018 and Dec. 2019, the AGCA reports.

The metro areas seeing the largest increase in construction jobs between Dec. 2018 and Dec. 2019 included the Dallas area, which added 16,700 jobs for a rise of 11 percent; the Los Angeles area, which added 12,300 jobs for an increase of 8 percent; and the Las Vegas area, which gained 9,400 construction jobs in the past year for a 14 percent increase.

Besides New York City’s sizeable drop in jobs, other metro areas with the largest construction job losses included the northern Virginia area, which lost 2,900 jobs for a 4 percent decrease; the San Bernardino, Calif. area, which lost about 2,600 jobs in a 3 percent drop; and the Cincinnati area, which lost about 2,400 jobs in a 5 percent decline.

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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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.