Nassau and Suffolk counties led the country again in declining construction employment in December, the fourth straight month that Long Island had the largest drop among 358 U.S. metro areas.
The number of construction jobs in Nassau and Suffolk in December was down 5,700 jobs over the last year, a decline of 7 percent from Dec. 2020, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The number of Long Island construction jobs dropped from 76,600 in Dec. 2020 to 70,900 in Dec. 2021.
Regionally, construction employment in New York City decreased by 3 percent from Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021, losing 4,200 construction jobs in that period.
Construction employment in the Orange/Rockland/Westchester area was down 3,200 jobs from Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021, for a 7 percent decline.
Nationwide, construction employment increased in 231 out of 358 metro areas, between Dec. 2020 and Dec. 2021, the AGCA reports, while employment in 51 metro areas was unchanged and 76 metro areas saw job declines in that time.
Besides Long Island and New York City, the metro areas seeing the largest drops in construction employment from Dec. 2020 to Dec. 2021 include the Baltimore area, which lost 3,800 jobs for an 5 percent drop; the Calvert, Md. area, which lost 2,900 jobs for a 9 percent decline; and the Evansville, Ind. area, which lost 1,700 jobs for an 18 percent drop.
Metro areas adding the most construction jobs over the last year include the Houston area, which gained 8,800 jobs for a 4 percent rise; the Chicago area, which gained 6,500 jobs for a 5 percent increase; and the Los Angeles area, which added 6,300 jobs for a 4 percent gain.