New numbers support the same sad story — metro Atlanta has taken a big hit in construction.
The metro area lost more than 57,000 construction jobs, or 42 percent, over the past four years, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, AJC staffer Michelle Shaw reports.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the group determined the Atlanta area ranked 291st out of 337 metro areas in construction employment jobs gained – or in many cases lost – over the period, Shaw writes.
The numbers include all types of construction jobs, including road construction and home building.
“Georgia has certainly has had one of the most challenging experiences,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Virginia-based contractor’s group. “And you all will still have some challenges ahead.
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