Dallas area added thousands of construction jobs in ’20

The Dallas area was one of the U.S. markets that added the most construction jobs in 2020.

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked third for construction sector employment gains in the 12 months ending in November, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Even with the pandemic, the D-FW area had 3,700 more building sector jobs in November compared with 2019 levels.

Only about a third of the U.S. metropolitan areas added construction jobs last year. The rest of the markets saw declines in the number of workers in the industry.

“Canceled and postponed projects appear to be more common than new starts for far too many contractors,” Ken Simonson, the contractors association’s chief economist, said in the report. “Our association’s 2021 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Survey found three times more contractors have experienced postponements and cancellations than new or expanded projects.”

Construction jobs fell in more than 200 of the U.S. markets included in the industry survey.

The biggest decline in construction employment was in the Houston area, where there were 22,500 fewer workers than in 2019 — an industry decline of 9{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. The Midland area saw a drop of 9,800 construction jobs, or 25{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}.

Phoenix added the most construction workers with 4,700 additional jobs as of November.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area saw increases in homebuilding in 2020, while commercial construction starts fell for the year.

“Construction employment is likely to fall further in many parts of the country as the coronavirus continues to weigh on demand for nonresidential projects,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America’s chief executive officer. “Unless market conditions change rapidly, this year is likely to prove very challenging for many construction employers.”

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