State, region see increase in construction jobs

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new study by the Associated General Contractors of America found construction jobs increased in 329 of 358 metro areas across the country, including all nine that include at least part of Kentucky.

According to the survey, construction jobs increased 4 percent from 12,500 in April to 13,000 in May. In Louisville, the increase was 3 percent from 27,300 jobs to 28,100 jobs.

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Statewide, the increase was 7 percent from 78,800 jobs to 84,500.

The biggest increases came in the Bowling Green, Clarksville, and Elizabethtown areas, all of which saw increases of between 10 and 12 percent, according to the study.

Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, said the increases weren’t surprising as coronavirus lockdowns began to ease. Those increases could be even greater in June, the study suggested.