Long Island Leads Nation Again in Construction Employment Decline – A Long Island Business News Article

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 December 23rd, 2021.

Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country in declining construction employment in November, the third straight month that Long Island had the largest drop among 358 U.S. metro areas. 

The number of construction jobs last month in Nassau and Suffolk was down 6,300 jobs over the last year, a decline of 8 percent from Nov. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 78,700 in Nov. 2020 to 72,400 in Nov. 2021.  

Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 1 percent from Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021, losing 1,900 construction jobs in that period. 

Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area was down 3,900 jobs from Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021, for a 9 percent decline. 

Nationwide, construction employment increased in 237 out of 358 metro areas, between Nov. 2020 and Nov. 2021, the AGCA reports, while employment in 47 metro areas was unchanged and 74 metro areas saw job declines in that time. 

Besides Long Island, the metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment from Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021 include the Calvert, Md. area, which lost 2,700 jobs for an 8 percent drop; the Houston area, which lost 2,600 jobs for a 1 percent decline; and the Nashville, Tenn. area, which lost 2,600 jobs for a 5 percent drop. 

Metro areas adding the most construction jobs over the last year include the Sacramento, Calif. area, which gained 7,300 jobs for a 10 percent rise; the Seattle area, which gained 7,000 jobs for a 7 percent increase; and the Chicago area, which added 6,500 jobs for a 5 percent gain. 

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.

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 December 23rd, 2021.

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. Follow him on Twitter @DavidWinzelberg.