The top 10 metropolitan areas with the most construction jobs added and lost

By Neil GerrardMarch 22, 2023

AGC urges Congress to do everything it can to bring more workers to construction Image: Yuttana Studio via Adobe Stock

Construction employment has increased in 306 of 358 metro areas across the U.S. between January 2022 and January 2023, despite a decline in homebuilding activity.

That’s according to analysis by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of government employment data.

The AGC warned that companies were struggling to find enough skilled workers and called on the federal government to make it easier to hire foreign-born workers.

It attributed continued increases in employment to expected growth in infrastructure, manufacturing and renewable energy-related projects.

Projects that are likely to drive demand for workers include manufacturing plants, data centers and a variety of infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

But AGC officials warned that many of these projects could stall or be cancelled if contractors fail to find enough skilled workers.

“This report shows construction has been growing nearly everywhere, with jobs being added in 85% of metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist. “Despite a decline in homebuilding, contractors in many markets are likely to have trouble finding enough workers to undertake more projects.”

The AGC also analyzed the government figures to come up with a list of the top 10 areas with the most construction jobs added and the 10 areas with the most jobs lost year on year (see charts below).

The metropolitan area of Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas added the most construction jobs (13,600 jobs, a rise of 9%), while Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Texas saw the second largest increase (9,200 jobs, a rise of 4%).

Meanwhile, construction jobs declined in 29 metro areas and were unchanged in 23 areas.

The largest loss occurred in Sacramento-Arden-Arcada, California (-6,200 jobs, a decline of 8%). That was followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California (-4,000 jobs, a decline of 3%).

AGC chief executive Stephen E. Sandherr urged Congress to pass immigration reform to allow more construction workers to enter the U.S. He also called for more

 investment in construction-focused training and education programs.

“We are doing our best to attract and retain a new set of construction professionals,” he said.

“Public officials can help put more people into high-paying construction careers by enacting targeted immigration reforms and investing in construction prep programs.”

Debt ceiling bill launches construction permitting reform
Provisions in the Fiscal Responsibility Bill of 2023 set time limits and scope for environmental review of new federal energy projects
Mecalac’s new compact loaders push the limits of versatility
New hydraulic and maneuverability options, such as M-Drive and Speed Control, are designed to widen the scope of what six new machines can do in terms of both application and industry
Top 10 construction equipment brands revealed
This year’s study shows sales for 2022 were $230.6 billion, one of the highest figures ever recorded in the listing