Construction Job Growth in Missouri

By Linda Ong |

Published 03/29 2014 12:07AM

Updated 03/29 2014 12:17AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Construction is looking up here in the Show Me State.

"Missouri saw quite a bit of construction job growth during January and February of this year," said Brian Turmail, Director of Public Affairs for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

According to the Association, Missouri added 2,900 construction jobs between these two months. This ranks Missouri with the third highest percentage increase of construction jobs between January and February with a 2.8-percent growth.

"That's more than enough construction jobs added in the state to offset for a decline the state had been experiencing earlier in the year," said Turmail.

AGC attributes the growth in employment to increasing demand for regional and private sector construction, with job growth commercial and residential construction.

Charlyce Ruth, C.E.O. of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, said contrary to the report, she hasn't seen much of an increase in construction employment in the region.

"For employment I dont think we've seen increases yet. People have bee.n hestiant to hiring particularly in January and February with the weather being so dreadful," said Ruth. You couldn't get out there and get the foundations in, you couldn't get the construction started."

Ruth said a winter filled with rain, sleet, ice, and snow has put construction hiring in the Ozarks at a standstill.

"Because of that, we're seeing a backlog. People that have a lot of work to do, so I do anticipate employment going up," she said.

Weather conditions will become more favorable as we transition from winter to spring, putting construction back into the swing of business.

"I've talked to several builders, tradespeople in the last week or so, and they're ready to go," she said. "They've got the contracts lined up, they've got jobs lined up. And drive around town-- you're seeing a lot of foundations going in."

"By and large, the demand for construction appears to be on increase in most places in the country," said Turmail. "Good news for industry that lost over two million jobs between 2006 and 2011."

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