Construction employment declined in five out of six SC metropolitan areas between November 2011 and November 2012 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville region was the only metro areas in SC to add new jobs in the period. (300 jobs, 2 percent) .
“The uncertainty about 2013 federal tax and spending rates likely prompted firms in many parts of the country to hold back on hiring,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.” South Carolina experienced a loss of 500 construction jobs in the 12 month period.
Metro areas experiencing construction job losses were Augusta (-800 jobs, -7 percent), Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC (-700 jobs, -2 percent), Greenville-Mauldin-Easley (-400 jobs, -4 percent) and Columbia (-200 jobs, 1 percent) See metro construction employment figures by state. Read More.