Long Island Construction Employment is Still Rising

Long Island Construction Law did not create this content. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on March 15th, 2019. 

The number of construction jobs on Long Island continued to climb in January as compared with the previous year, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Between January 2018 and January 2019, Nassau and Suffolk counties gained about 5,900 construction jobs, which was an 8 percent rise for a current total of about 82,000 people employed in construction here.

Locally, New York City saw a 4 percent rise in construction employment, gaining about 6,600 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019. Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area was up 7 percent, adding about 2,800 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019.

Nationwide, construction employment expanded in 275 metro areas, declined in 39 areas and remained steady in 44 metro areas between January 2018 and January 2019, the AGCA reports.

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The metro areas seeing the largest increase in construction jobs between January 2018 and January 2019 included the Phoenix area, which gained 12,300 construction jobs in the past year for a 10 percent increase; the Atlanta area, which added 9,700 jobs for a rise of 8 percent; and the Houston area, which added 8,500 jobs for a 4 percent increase.

Metro areas with the largest construction job losses included the San Jose, Calif. area, which lost about 3,000 jobs in a 6 percent decline; the Anaheim, Calif. area, which lost 1,900 jobs for a 2 percent decrease; and the San Diego area, which lost 1,300 jobs for a 2 percent drop.

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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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Long Island Construction Law did not create this content. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on March 15th, 2019.