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S.D. Construction Jobs rise 4% in August Year-Over-Year to More Than 80K

Construction employment in San Diego rose to 80,900 jobs in August, according to the latest analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America, a trade association.

The San Diego region was one of 274 metropolitan areas that recorded year-over-year increases in construction employment out of 358 metro areas tracked, the association said.

Those gains were recorded even as 70 percent of firms that responded to a recent AGC survey reported difficulties finding qualified workers.

San Diego recorded a 4 percent increase in construction employment in August 2017 compared to August 2016, the data show. That put it at No. 169 on the AGC’s rankings of metro areas by percentage change in construction employment, tied with 34 other areas.

During the past year construction employment stagnated in 32 areas and declined in 52 areas, the AGC reported.

“While many firms’ efforts to increase pay, add benefits and expand the diversity of their workforce appear to be helping, it is still a challenge for many contractors to keep pace with demand,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “It is not yet entirely clear how reconstruction work in Texas and Florida following the two recent hurricanes will impact already tight construction labor markets.”

The metro area that encompasses Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario added the most construction jobs during the past year with an increase of 15,800 jobs, a growth of 17 percent. The most significant losses during the past year were recorded in the Houston, Texas, area, which lost 4,500 jobs, or 2 percent.

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