Report: Philly 3rd in U.S. for New Construction Jobs

More than 76,000 workers employed in construction.

Newsworks reports that Philadelphia is third in the nation in the growth of construction jobs over the last year.

A representative of the Associated General Contractors of America, Brian Turmail, visited the city Wednesday to announce his organization lists Philadelphia third among U.S. metro regions in generating construction jobs.

“There are more people working in construction in the Philadelphia division,” he noted, “than at any point since July of 2008. So that’s a good direction to be heading.”

Currently, 76,700 workers are employed in construction in the region, an increase of 8,500 jobs — or approximately 12 percent — over last year.

Only the Dallas and Houston metro areas saw higher gains in construction workers during the same period, the organization reported. Two New Jersey metros, Newark and Vineland, were among the biggest construction job losers.