Austin, Dallas lead the state in adding new construction jobs

Article provided by: The Dallas Morning News

With all the construction cranes in the area, it’s no surprise that more people in North Texas are working in the building sector.

Austin and the Dallas area are leading Texas with new construction jobs.

But slowdowns caused by a slump in the energy sector have caused building sector cutbacks in markets including Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa.

At the end of the first quarter, Austin had added 4,800 construction jobs from a year earlier, and there was a 4,000-job increase in employment in the Dallas area, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

More than 124,000 people work in the construction sector in the Dallas area, the industry trade group reports.

At the same time, construction employment in the Fort Worth area dropped by about 2,600 positions. There were 2,700 fewer construction jobs in Odessa than in March 2015, and construction employment in Midland fell by 2,200 jobs.

Fort Worth and Odessa had the largest construction employment losses in the country as of March.

“With more than two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas adding construction jobs, it is clear that the demand for construction is broad-based geographically and by project type,” Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors chief economist, said in the report. “The main soft patch for the construction industry remains the parts of the country most likely to be affected by declining energy prices.”

Along with the big declines in Midland and Odessa, construction employment is also falling in Longview, Beaumont and Victoria.

The biggest annual U.S. gains in construction jobs in March were in Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (11,900 jobs), New York City (9,000 jobs) and Atlanta (8,500 jobs).

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Author: Monte Davis

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