D-FW added construction jobs in 2020

The Dallas-Fort Worth area gained 2,100 construction jobs in 2020 and was one of only about three dozen U.S. metro areas that saw increased building sector employment last year.

The D-FW area ranked 11th nationally for added construction jobs, according to a new report by the Associated General Contractors of America. The largest share of the gains were in the residential building industry.

Most areas of the country lost building sector employment as the COVID-19 pandemic delayed or canceled building jobs.

“A dearth of new construction work is forcing more and more contractors to lay off employees once they complete projects started before the pandemic hit in early 2020,” Ken Simonson, the construction association’s chief economist, said in the report. “Private nonresidential construction spending tumbled 10 percent from December 2019 to December 2020, and public work has been slowing since last March, according to recent Census Bureau data.”

The largest construction employment gains in the country last year were in Indianapolis, which added 5,600 jobs.

Houston led the country in construction job declines, with employment in the sector dropping by 24,500 from 2019 levels.

Texas lost the most construction jobs in the U.S. over the 10-month period (-35,600 jobs, or 4.5{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}) in 2020.