Published March 18, 2014
South Carolina lost 1,700 construction jobs between December and January, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.
S.C. construction firms employed 80,500 workers at the end of January, a 2.1% decline from December’s total of 82,200 workers, the trade group reported.
For the year, the state wound up in positive territory with a 1.1% increase in construction jobs, the Arlington, Va.-based association said. January’s job total was 900 more than 79,600 registered for the same month in 2013.
While association officials attributed the decline in South Carolina and other states to unseasonably cold, wintry weather, they called upon President Obama and Congress to take steps to ensure federal transportation investments do not stop as early this summer and approve other infrastructure measures.
“Demand for new workers will certainly cool this summer should Congress and the administration fail to address the looming transportation funding shortfalls that threaten billions of dollars worth of construction projects,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO.