AGC: NH construction firms added 400 jobs in April

Industry employment has grown by 1,600 since April ‘17

Four hundred more people were employed in New Hampshire’s construction industry in April, a gain of 1.4 percent from a year ago, according to an analysis by Associated General Contracts of federal data.

AGC, using Labor Department figures, reported that there were 28,000 people employed in construction in the Granite State in April. The 1.4 percent increase was the second largest percentage increase in construction employment in the U.S., according to AGC.

Year over year, the state has gained 1,600 construction jobs since April 2017, when 26,400 people were employed in the industry, AGC reported – a 6.1 percent gain and the 11th best in the U.S.

Meanwhile, AGC said that while firms in most states were adding employees, it cautioned that relatively few young workers appear to be entering the construction industry.

“The collective cultural fixation on urging every student to go to college and seek office jobs means relatively few young adults are ever encouraged to consider careers in construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC. 

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