Construction Employment Up Nationwide, in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 3:21 pm   1 min read

Construction employment increased in 243 out of 358 metro areas between October 2016 and October 2017, declined in 59 and stagnated in 56, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.

In Arkansas, construction employment increased by 4 percent to 53,900 from 51,900 last year. Employment in construction, mining and logging also rose by 3 percent to 59,900 from 58,000.

Construction, mining and logging employment in the Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas metropolitan area increased by 13 percent year-over-year.

In the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area, it rose by 9 percent.

Construction, mining and logging employment rose by 5 percent in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri metropolitan area, but decreased by 4 percent in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma metropolitan area. 

It increased by 4 percent in the Texarkana, Texas-Arkansas metropolitan area.

The association said in a news release that the best way to ensure metro areas continue to add construction jobs is to treat small and medium-sized employers more fairly and include new infrastructure funding as part of federal tax reform.

The association said there was still time to improve the tax reform measure, noting that senators have an opportunity to make improvements to the proposal. In particular, the group urged senators to set the final tax rate for pass-through businesses at a comparable level to the rate for corporations and boost infrastructure funding.



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