Boise area tops in America for construction jobs growth
BOISE, Idaho – The steady stream of groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings in the Treasure Valley during the past year has landed the Boise metro area at the top of a new national ranking, Audrey Dutton with the Idaho Statesman reports.
With 24 percent job growth between September 2015 and September 2016, Boise’s construction industry grew more than any other metro area in the country. The latest rankings, from the Associated General Contractors of America, show Boise added about 4,500 construction jobs year over year.
“Overall, the employment picture for construction workers is positive — the number of metro areas adding construction jobs in the past year was more than triple the number that lost jobs,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist in a release. “But contractors in many of the metros with stagnant or shrinking headcounts might have hired more workers if there were enough with construction skills. Meanwhile, public projects are dwindling in many areas because of sluggish federal and state spending.”