The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area added more new construction jobs during the past year than 75% of 339 metro areas as employment in the local industry hit a seven-year high, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

However, local construction jobs in the area are at risk amid short-and-long-term uncertainty about federal highway and transit funding, the association’s chief economist warned.

“It has been too long since we have had news like this to report here in Cleveland,” said Ken Simonson, the chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.  “As welcome as this news is, the looming threat of a slowdown in federal highway funding could cost this area hundreds of construction jobs.”

Simonson noted that the Cleveland metro area added 5,300 new construction jobs between June 2013 and June 2014, a 15 percent increase.  He added that, out of the 339 metro areas the association tracks, only 8 metro areas added more new construction jobs.  There are 41,000 people working in construction in the Cleveland metro area today, up from 35,700 a year ago.  The association economist added that local construction employment in the area is at the highest June level since 2007.

Click here for a link to metro construction employment data by state



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