Construction employment on Long Island in March remained lower than it was a year ago. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk counties fell 10 percent year over year, dropping from 79,200 in March 2020 to 71,300 in March 2021, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 15 percent from March 2020 to March 2021, losing 24,000 construction jobs year over year.
Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area fell by 3,100 jobs from March 2020 to March 2021, for a 7 percent drop.
Nationwide, construction employment declined in 203 out of 358 metro areas, between March 2020 to March 2021, the AGCA reports.
Besides New York City, the metro areas seeing the largest year-over-year drops in construction employment in March include the Houston area, which lost 31,000 jobs for a 13 percent drop; the Midland, Texas area, which lost 10,000 jobs for a 26 percent decline; and the Odessa, Texas area, which lost 8,000 jobs for a 39 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: [email protected] or (631) 608-1346.
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