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Long Island Construction Employment Sees Slight Gain – A Long Island Business News Article

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Construction employment on Long Island increased slightly in April, rising for the ninth straight month. Nassau and Suffolk counties added 1,100 construction jobs from April 2022 to April 2023, a 1 percent year-over-year gain, rising from 80,400 to 81,500, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America. 

Regionally, the number of construction jobs in New York City was up 5 percent, gaining 7,300 jobs from April 2022 to April 2023, increasing from 142,600 to 149,900. 

Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area was up 5 percent, adding 2,000 jobs from April 2022 to April 2023 and rising from 44,400 to 46,400. 

Between April 2022 to April 2023, construction employment rose in 231 metro areas, declined in 78 metro areas and remained flat in 49 areas, according to the AGCA report. 

“Many more people would be working in high-paying construction careers if they were simply exposed to the skills and opportunities that exist in the industry,” Stephen Sandherr, the association’s CEO, said in an AGCA statement. “Boosting funding for construction education will show many more future workers and their families that construction should be on the menu of career choices.” 

Metro areas adding the most construction jobs over the last year include the Dallas area, which gained 12,400 jobs for an 8 percent rise; the Phoenix area, adding 8,200 jobs for a 5 percent boost; and the Seattle area, which added 6,100 jobs for a 6 percent gain. 

The metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment from April 2022 to April 2023 include the Los Angeles area, which lost 5,400 jobs for a 4 percent drop; the Houston area, which lost 5,100 jobs for a 2 percent drop; and the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area, which dropped 3,900 jobs for an 8 percent decline. 

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