Construction jobs up in Charleston, Columbia

Staff Report
Published May 29, 2013

Construction employment increased last month in two of South Carolina’s three major metropolitan areas, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The number of construction-related jobs in Charleston and Columbia rose by 1%, but dropped 2% in Greenville, the report added.

Overall, the number of Charleston construction jobs increased by 100 in April to 13,600 compared with 13,500 for the same month in 2012. In Columbia, there was approximately a year-over-year increase of 100 jobs to 14,200.

The Greenville area saw the number of construction-related jobs in April slip by 200 positions to 11,300 compared with the same month in 2012, according to the Arlington, Va.-based trade group.

The organization added that the Charlotte metro area recorded in April a 1% increase to 38,700 jobs compared with the same month in 2012. Meanwhile, construction employment in the Augusta area slipped by 2% to 10,800 positions.

The trade group noted that the private sector is driving new construction with investments in factories, energy and supply chain facilities, and rail lines.

Investment in infrastructure and public buildings is still on a downward path due to sequestration of the federal budget, the report said.

“These private sector gains appear strong enough in many parts of the country to outpace declining public sector investments in infrastructure and buildings,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

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