AGCA: Providence metro construction employment up 9% in December

PROVIDENCE-WARWICK-FALL RIVER metropolitan construction employment increased 9 percent year over year, not seasonally adjusted. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE-WARWICK-FALL RIVER metropolitan construction employment increased 9 percent year over year, not seasonally adjusted. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – Construction employment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area rose 9 percent year over year, not seasonally adjusted, in December to 26,300, a 2,100 increase, according to the Associated General Contractors of America Tuesday.

The AGCA said construction employment increased in 269 out of 358 metro areas year over year in December.

The Providence metro growth rate ranked No. 70 in the nation, tied with 14 other metro areas including Louisville, Ky., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

New Bedford metro area construction, mining and logging employment rose 8 percent year over year in December to 2,700, adding 200 jobs. New Bedford metro growth ranked No. 85, tied with 23 other metro areas including Memphis, Tenn., and Reno, Nev.

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Cheyenne, Wyo., ranked No. 1 in the nation for year-over-year construction, mining and logging employment growth rate in December at 25 percent (800 jobs).

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year, adding 14,300 jobs (15 percent).

“Construction employment continues to expand amid robust private-sector demand in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the AGCA’s chief economist, in a statement. “But with public-sector funding lagging, there is little doubt that more firms would be able to expand their headcount this year if Congress would enact a substantial boost in infrastructure projects, as many members of both parties advocate.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.