The Pittsburgh Business Times, citing an analysis of Labor Department Data performed by the Associated General Contractors of America, recently reported that over the past twelve months, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has experienced the fourth highest amount of construction job gains. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, over the past year, Pennsylvania has experienced a 4.3% increase in construction jobs. This increase translates to the addition of approximately 9,800 construction jobs within the Commonwealth.
Although 39 of the 50 states experienced construction job gains, the Labor Department data suggests that the construction industry is far from fully recovering from the recent economic downturn. In fact, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times article, only North Dakota is now adding construction jobs at a rate above prior peaks in job growth percentages. The full Pittsburgh Business Times article is available here.