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Industry employment up again in October

The Wisconsin construction industry added workers once again in October, gaining 600 people from the month before.

That increase put Wisconsin among the 36 states that added construction jobs from September to October, according to seasonally adjusted figures reported by the Associated General Contractors of America on Friday. Employment in the Wisconsin construction industry hit 125,500 in October.

That figure was not only up from September but also October of the previous year, when 116,300 people had worked in the Wisconsin construction industry.

The AGC said contractors continue to hire as they try to keep pace with demand for their services. At the same, AGC officials cautioned higher materials and labor costs may soon start to drag on the industry.

“Construction activity continues to expand at a steady clip, with employment growing by more than ten percent during the past year in five states and by more than five percent in another 18 states,” said Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist. “As contractors pay more for labor and most of the materials they use to build, construction costs will climb, potentially dampening future demand for their services.”

About Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com

Dan Shaw is the associate editor at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com or at 414-225-1807.

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