Construction employment declined in 10 of 13 NC metropolitan areas between November 2011 and November 2012 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill was the only metro areas in NC to add new jobs in the period. (700 jobs, 2 percent) .
“The uncertainty about 2013 federal tax and spending rates likely prompted firms in many parts of the country to hold back on hiring,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.” Statewide North Carolina loss 5,000 construction jobs in the Nov 2011-Nov 2012 period.
The largest job losses were in Asheville (-700 jobs, -9 percent), Wilmington (-700 jobs, -9 percent) and Virgina Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC (-700 jobs, -2 percent). View metro construction employment figures by state. Read More.