Employment in the construction industry has been growing slowly since the recession began. With a warmer than average winter across much of the US, hiring in this sector has been strong. In May, there were more than 32,000 job ads posted online. This represents a 22% increase compared to last year. Will the construction industry maintain this growing hiring demand in the summer months?
Hiring Demand in the Construction Industry – 4 Year Hiring Trend
The 10 cities with the most online job ads in construction are listed below. Washington, DC saw the highest number of job ads with 1,200 and growing 7% versus May 2011. However, it was San Francisco that grew the most of these 10 cities. Employers here placed 58% more job ads in May 2012 than they did in 2011. Of the below 10 metro areas, only Chicago experienced a decline.
Metro Areas with Highest Volume of Construction Job Ads – May 2012 vs. May 2011
The most demanded occupation category within the construction industry during May was First-line Managers of Construction Workers. Other in-demand fields were Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers, Truck Drivers, Construction Managers, and Industrial Engineers. All 5 of these occupations saw year-over-year growth when compared to the same time period in 2011. Below are the 10 jobs titles that are most commonly advertised online in the construction industry.
- Project Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Sales Representative
- HVAC Service Technician
- Sales Associate
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