Phoenix, Tucson shed construction jobs because of COVID

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix metro area lost 2,200 construction jobs in April with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the economy.

The region’s construction job base went from 136,700 in March to 134,500 in April, according to the Associated General Contractors.

Tucson, Yuma and Kingman/Lake Havasu City  also shed 900, 400 and 300 jobs during the month, according to AGC.

The Prescott area actually gained 200 construction jobs during the month.

The construction job losses in Phoenix amount to 2 percent loss.

That is much less severe than the construction job losses in other major U.S. markets hit hard by the Coronavirus and some mandated shutdowns of construction sites.

New York City lost 75,900 construction jobs, a 49 percent drop.

Boston shed 27,700 construction jobs, a 39 percent decline, according to AGC. Detroit saw a loss of 10,600 construction jobs translating into a 49 percent decline.

Seattle, where construction sites were shutdown, lost 41 percent of its jobs in the industry, a loss of 44,200 jobs.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Long Island and Los Angeles also lost significant numbers of construction jobs during the month.

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