Construction employment increases in 36 states in last year
Construction firms added jobs in 36 states between August 2013 and August 2014 while construction employment increased in 28 states between July and August, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation even as employment gains remain uneven by month and state.
"The number of states with increases in construction employment over the last 12 months moderated in August but remained strongly positive as construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "While most states remain far below pre-recession peak employment levels, more states are approaching previous highs and more contractors have been reporting difficulty in hiring qualified workers. These trends are likely to intensify if the recovery in construction continues."
Florida added more new construction jobs (43,500 jobs, 11.8 percent) between August 2013 and August 2014. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months included California (35,600 jobs, 5.6 percent), Texas (27,700 jobs, 4.5 percent), Illinois (11,100 jobs, 5.8 percent) and Pennsylvania (10,800 jobs, 4.8 percent). Nevada (12.8 percent, 7,200 jobs) added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Florida, Utah (11.4 percent, 8,400 jobs), Delaware (10.7 percent, 2,100 jobs) and North Dakota (9.4 percent, 3,200 jobs).
Twelve states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs during the past twelve months, with construction employment unchanged in Idaho and New Hampshire. New Jersey lost the highest percentage and total, (-8.1 percent, -11,300 jobs). Other states that lost a high percentage of jobs include Mississippi (-7.1 percent, -3,700 jobs), West Virginia (-5.3 percent, -1,800 jobs) and Arizona (-4.4 percent, -5,400 jobs). Besides New Jersey, other states that lost the most construction jobs between August 2013 and August 2014 included Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia.
Twenty-eight states added construction jobs between July and August. California (13,600 jobs, 2.1 percent) added the most jobs, followed by Texas (6,900 jobs, 1.1 percent), Florida (6,100 jobs, 1.5 percent) and Minnesota (2,500 jobs, 2.3 percent). Nebraska (4.0 percent, 1,800 jobs) had the highest percentage increase for the month, followed by Maine (3.4 percent, 900 jobs), North Dakota (3.3 percent, 1,200 jobs) and Alaska (3.2 percent, 500 jobs).
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia lost construction jobs for the month, while construction employment was unchanged in Arizona. Ohio (-3,500 jobs, -1.9 percent) lost the most construction jobs between July and August. Other states experiencing large monthly declines in total construction employment included Pennsylvania (-3,000 jobs, -1.2 percent), New York (-2,700 jobs, -0.8 percent) and New Jersey (-1,600 jobs, -1.2 percent). South Dakota (-4.1 percent, -900 jobs) experienced the highest monthly percentage decline, followed by Mississippi (-2.4 percent, -1,200 jobs), Idaho (-2.3 percent, -800 jobs) and Ohio.
Association officials said the employment gains were welcome news, but continued to urge elected and appointment officials to act on the measures outlined in the association?s workforce development plan. "Labor shortages are likely to become more severe without a better pipeline for preparing new workers," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer.
Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract
Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.
The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.
With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.
Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.
The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.
In other recent developments:
- Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga.
- The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
- Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
- Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.