Construction employment in the U.S. is poised to rebound as a swelling pipeline of projects prompts companies to expand.
Builders in October had the most job openings and broke ground on more homes than at any time in four years, government data show. Billing by architecture firms, which typically leads construction by at least nine months, is climbing at the fastest pace since December 2010.
“You have a lot of projects right now in design and development, and as soon as the financing hits and the approvals are out, then the shovels go in the ground,” said Suzanne Breistol, co-owner of ConstructionConnection.com, a Marble Falls, Texas-based employment consulting service.
While construction payrolls accounted for 4.1 percent of all U.S. employment in November, a six-decade low, industry hiring will ripple through the world’s largest economy, prompting manufacturers, retailers, landscapers, real-estate brokers and transportation companies to also take on staff, according to economist Mark Zandi. About 250,000 construction and related jobs will be created in 2013, 13 percent of the 1.93 million Zandi projects the U.S. will add.
“Construction is a small share of the job market, but it can be a very large share of job growth, particularly when the construction industry is in an upswing,” said Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “A big share of the improvement in jobs growth that I anticipate will come from construction and anything related.”
Steve Jason, one of New England Tech’s Plumbing Technology Department adjunct instructors, is a great guy! This past summer he volunteered as a plumbing instructor for several Boy Scout troops camping at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. For the past three years, Steve has been an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 44 from Chepachet, Rhode Island. His 13 year old son, Greg, is a member of this troop so every July, Steve and Greg spend a week together at Yawgoog.
While they were at camp this summer, Greg decided to earn a merit badge in plumbing (like father, like son) so Steve tagged along to see what was being taught. Steve offered a few suggestions to the scouts and soon realized that he could put his teaching skills to good use. The Boy Scout Administration saw how well Steve worked with the boys so they asked him if he could work with more scouts throughout the remainder of the summer. Of course, Steve said yes and continued to help the scouts complete their plumbing merit badge requirements every Thursday afternoon.
Steve had so much fun helping the scouts that he has already volunteered his time for 10 sessions next summer! By Steve sharing his expertise with the Boy Scouts, maybe he is helping some future New England Tech students.
Nice work, Steve!