Cons­truction jobs growing slow, but strong

San Antonio gained 2,000 cons­truction jobs in past year

SAN ANTONIO - If seems like you're living in a construction zone, there's good reason.

Hotels, schools and hospitals are going up, right along with the number of construction jobs.

In the past year, the San Antonio area has gained 2,000 new construction jobs, according to figures from Workforce Solutions Alamo.

"It's not a bad time to be looking for a construction job in San Antonio," said Doug McMurry, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractor of America, San Antonio chapter.

And people are looking, even moving to Texas to look for a paycheck.  

In June, 9,600 construction jobs were created, more than any other state. And, in the past two years, Texas gained some 24,000 jobs.

Although the recession didn't bulldoze San Antonio as it did other areas of the country, McMurry said it did impact tradespeople.

"A lot of people retired early, and so now as the market picks up a bit, there's a need for carpenters, electricians and plumbers," McMurry said.

The construction industry is seen as an economic indicator. As projects like hotels and schools are completed, the hiring signs go up for clerks, chefs, teachers and more.

Locally, the industry has not returned to its pre-recession health, but McMurry is optimistic.

"I think there's going to be continued slow growth," he said. "We've hit a good glide pattern and things are going to begin to get better over the next 12 to 18 months."


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