Houston area ranks No. 1 for construction job growth

Posted on December 4, 2018

Houston is hiring construction workers at a fast clip, and there’s plenty of work to keep them busy.

The Houston region led the nation for construction job growth over the last 12 months, adding 25,600 jobs through October, the Associated General Contractors of America said Thursday. That’s nearly twice as many as the Dallas area, which added 13,100 jobs. Demand for workers to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continued to contribute to the rise.

Meanwhile, the value of new construction projects started in the 10-county Houston area jumped 80 percent in October, with nonresidential projects driving the gains, Dodge Data & Analytics reported.

The new construction projects totaled $3.45 billion in October, up from $1.92 billion in October 2017. Year to date through October, new construction projects totaled $19.45 billion, a 21 percent rise over $16.01 billion during the first 10 months of 2017.

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