San Diego Business Journal

County Construction Employment Climbs 7%

By Katie Callahan Sunday, March 20, 2016
   

San Diego gained 4,800 construction jobs over a 12 month period, according to the Associated General Contractors of America’s data analysis.

The construction employment numbers were released March 17. The analysis of federal employment data showed that San Diego increased from 65,000 jobs in January 2015 to 69,800 this January, a seven percent boost.

San Diego ranked 99th along with 17 other metropolitan areas, including Santa Maria-Santa Barbara and Madera, for percentage of job increases in the survey of 358 areas.

The association noted that the downturn of energy prices may have had a significant impact on construction demand in formerly strong markets, but also said the top markets remain economically and geographically diverse.

“The construction industry continues to expand at a faster rate than other sectors of the economy,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer, in the company’s news release. “The question is whether firms will be able to continue hiring despite the challenge of finding experienced workers interested in pursuing careers in construction.”

The report also showed that 243 out of the 358 metropolitan areas increased employment over the course of that time, with Anaheim, Santa Ana and Irvine, collectively adding the most construction jobs during the past year with 12,400 (that’s an increase of 15 percent). The largest percentage gain was in El Centro with 61 percent growth and 1,100 jobs added. This gave El Centro the top ranking.

These numbers were not seasonally adjusted and the ranks were rounded to the nearest whole percent.