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Construction workforce climbs in S.C. metro areas

Staff Report
Published April 11, 2014

February construction employment expanded in three S.C. metro areas compared with the same period in 2013, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Columbia and Greenville metro areas both recorded 3% gains in construction employment for the 12-month period, while Charleston’s legion of construction workers rose 1%, the association said.

The analysis showed Columbia added 400 workers during the 12-month period and had 14,700 construction workers on the job by the end of February. Meanwhile, Greenville’s construction workforce grew by 300 employees to 11,700, and Charleston added 200 workers for a total 14,200.

Of the metro areas on South Carolina’s borders, the Charlotte region recorded an 8% increase in construction workforce for the period to a total 42,300 workers. Construction employment in the Augusta area fell 3% to 11,000, the report added.

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