Metro Grand Rapids construction jobs dip 2 percent


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Construction employment rose in January from the previous January in 145 of the nation’s 339 metropolitan areas. And in some of these districts, concerns are being raised about where companies will find the skilled workers to fill the projected openings to keep the trend going.

But metro Grand Rapids wasn’t one of those districts.

Instead, the local metro area was one of the 141 markets where construction jobs fell in January, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Jobs also declined statewide, and the Detroit metro market was the nation’s second-biggest construction employment loser in the AGC report.

Pascagoula, Miss., added 1,500 jobs in January to capture the top spot nationwide, followed by Brownsville, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

“Not only are a slight plurality of metro areas adding construction jobs, but those areas appear to be adding jobs at a faster rate than places where construction employment continues to decline,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC.

“Considering the already released national construction employment figures for February, we are likely to see more metro areas adding jobs in the next report,” he added.

But construction employment in the Grand Rapids metro area fell by 300 jobs, which translates into a 2 percent dip, from January to January.

The job numbers didn’t change in the Holland metro area, while the Muskegon district gained 200 jobs for a 13 percent increase.

AGC ranked Grand Rapids at 208th nationwide for construction employment, Holland at 146th and Muskegon at 16th for job gains.

Statewide, construction employment fell by 4,300 jobs with the Detroit metro market accounting for 3,500 of those lost jobs.

The Chicago metro market also lost 3,500 jobs, according to the report.

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