Bridgeport-Stamford construction job growth in top 25

Staff file photo from Jan. 2012 of a Stamford construction site during OSHA inspection

The Associated General Contractors of America published its monthly review of the construction job market for U.S. metro regions and found Bridgeport-Stamford to be the 23rd best in the country in December.

The local market here added 1,000 jobs last month, with some of that hiring sparked by cleanup work related to hurricane Sandy.

Hartford was 75th with 600 new jobs than a year ago.

The weird part is that the AGC also reported that, for December, Connecticut lost 1,000 construction jobs across the state.

The positive numbers in Bridgeport and Stamford reflect what some construction company owners have been saying, namely that there are jobs in the region and it’s not as easy to find workers as it was a couple of years ago.

Nationally, AGC said 139 of 337 metros reported increased construction hiring in December, with 130 reporting declines and 40 showing no change. New Haven, was one of the regions that showed no change.

Rob Varnon