As reported by Jan Buchholz in the Phoenix Business Journal on Tuesday, February 21st:

The Phoenix metro area has lost the most construction jobs of all metro areas — some 93,000 — since the industry was at its peak in December 2006, according to the Associated General ContractorsConstruction employment remains below peak levels in 329 out of 337 metro areas, recent analysis shows.

The AGC is recommending that Congress support legislation to increase spending on highway, transit and aviation construction work.

“What makes these job losses even more frustrating is the fact that many of them could have been avoided, said AGC’s CEO Stephen Sandherr. “Thousands more construction workers would be employed today if Congress wasn’t years late in passing measures like the highway and transit bill.”

In terms of the highest percentage of jobs lost, the Lake Havasu City-Kingman area lost the most jobs nationally, some 70 percent of its construction workforce, or 5,300 jobs, since December 2005.

Only six areas have recorded increases in employment since prior peak levels. They include Bismarck, N.D.; Lawton, Okla.; Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.; Waco, Longview and El Paso, Texas.

While CFMA is not a lobbying entity we need to make sure, that as concerned citizens, we voice our opinions to our elected officials when it concerns our livelihoods!

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