Baton Rouge, like 281 other U.S. metro areas, saw year-to-year construction job increases in October.
The Capital Region has added 4,100 construction jobs since October 2017, lifting its total to 54,000, according to figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.
The AGC says construction employment dropped in 43 of the 358 metro areas it tracks, with the remaining 34 areas holding steady.
Shreveport-Bossier City saw a 1% decrease in construction jobs, while Lafayette remained unchanged. Elsewhere, Lake Charles construction jobs increased 8%, New Orleans-Metairie climbed 9%, Houma-Thibodaux edged up 2%.
“Construction employment has been increasing at a greater rate than overall employment in many metros,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But many contractors report they are having difficulty filling hourly craft worker positions, even though construction pay exceeds the average for the overall economy.”
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year with 25,600 more jobs, a 12% increase.