Published Jan. 31, 2014
South Carolina ranked No. 9 in the number of new construction jobs added during the past year, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.
S.C. construction firms employed 83,100 workers at the end of December. That’s 4,300, or 5.5%, more employees than for the same month in 2012, the trade group reported.
South Carolina was one of 34 states that added construction jobs over the past 12 months, the Arlington, Va.-based association said.
However, between November and December, construction employment in South Carolina slipped by 0.5% or 400 jobs, according to the analysis.
While association officials recognized the decline in South Carolina and 31 other states most likely was due to cold, wintry weather, they urged President Obama and Congress to take steps ensuring federal transportation investments do not stop as early this summer and approve other critical infrastructure measures.
“While the year-over-year numbers are encouraging, we want to make sure the monthly declines are more about the weather than they are a sudden downturn in demand,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “While we will have to wait for more data to understand where the market is heading, the industry could certainly benefit from more private-sector activity and public-sector investments.”