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Kristena Hansen Reporter- Phoenix Business JournalMar 22, 2013, 12:59pm MST
Metro Phoenix managed to lure 6,000 new construction jobs in January from a year ago — the fourth biggest jump in the nation, according to a report Friday by the Associated General Contractors of America.
The 6,000-job gain was a 7 percent rise year-over-year, bringing the Valley’s construction workforce to a total 88,500 in January, according to the report, which is comprised from data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Dallas area posted the largest job gain of 10,000 during the same period, followed by Los Angeles’s 9,600 jobs and Houston’s 8,700 jobs.
Phoenix, however, was among only 43 percent of the total 339 metro areas nationwide that saw construction jobs increase.
About 42 percent, or 141 areas, saw industry employment decline — the biggest being in Chicago and Detroit, each of which lost 3,500 jobs — and about 15 percent experienced no change at all.
Although demand for construction has finally been picking up, AGCA officials said the industry may have a hard time keeping up as a widespread shortage of skilled workers is looming — a harsh reality that Phoenix has already been experiencing in recent months even despite its employment gains.
AGCA officials said the short supply of skilled construction workers is a consequence of the economic downturn.
When construction projects came to a standstill during the recession, many workers were forced to leave the industry or retire altogether. The industry’s “dire conditions” during that time also continues to deter younger generations from pursuing careers in construction.
“Between the challenges of attracting new recruits and retaining out-of-work ones, there aren’t that many skilled workers waiting for a callback in many parts of the country,” said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the AGCA, said in the report. “If the industry continues to add jobs, it won’t be long before contractors in some parts of the country are scrambling to find enough skilled workers to meet demand.”
Kristena Hansen covers residential and commercial real estate.
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