Long Island Still Lags in Construction Jobs

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Construction employment on Long Island remains lower than it was a year ago. The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk counties fell 13 percent year over year, dropping from 79,100 in Feb. 2020 to 68,900 in Feb. 2021, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 17 percent from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2021, losing 26,700 construction jobs year over year.

Construction employment in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester area fell by 3,100 jobs from Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2021, for a 7 percent drop.

Nationwide, construction employment declined in 236 out of 358 metro areas, between Feb. 2020 to Feb. 2021, the AGCA reports.

Besides New York City, the metro areas seeing the largest year-over-year drops in construction employment in February include the Houston area, which lost 37,600 jobs for a 16 percent drop; the Chicago area, which lost 12,900 construction jobs for a 11 percent drop; and the Midland, Texas area, which lost 11,600 jobs for a 31 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: [email protected] or (631) 608-1346.

This is a general information article and should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion. The content above has been edited for conciseness and additional relevant points are omitted for space constraints. Readers are encouraged to seek counsel from a construction lawyer who has experience with Long Island construction law for advice on a particular circumstance.

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by David Winzelberg and was published to the Long Island Business News on April 7th, 2021.