Construction Jobs Declined in 7 of 13 NC Metro Areas

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Construction employment declined in 7 of 13 NC metropolitan areas between March 2012 and March 2013 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The largest job losses was in Raleigh-Cary metro (-2,200 jobs, -8 percent).  The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metro area recorded the largest job gain (3,700 jobs, 11 percent).

Today’s figures on employment by metro area and construction spending nationally in March highlight the uneven and fragile recovery that construction is experiencing,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The totals in some states are up on a year-over-year basis, and should continue to improve during the remainder of 2013, but not every sector or region will do well.”

Construction employment in North Carolina declined year-over-year by 5,100 jobs (-3 percent).

Other metro area job losses were in Asheville (-200 jobs, 3 percent), Durham-Chapel Hill (-100 jobs, -1 percent), Greensboro-High Point (-500 jobs, -4 percent), Greenville (-100 jobs, -4 percent), Rocky Mount (-200 jobs, -8 percent) and Wilmington (-100 jobs, -1 percent). View metro construction employment figures by state.   Read More.