NEW YORK — New York Construction Industry Association President Joe Hoeppner said Monday that the state’s construction industry has gained more than 7,000 construction jobs in the last three months of the year.
Construction employment rose 7.3 percent in March, Hoeffner said in a press release.
The total number of construction jobs grew by almost 5,000 during the same period.
Hoeppelner attributed the uptick to a stronger U.S. economy, an increase in demand for skilled labor and a reduction in costs for construction companies.
Construction industry jobs have been growing at a rate of 7.7 percent annually since the recession.
Hoesperer said that the job growth is an indication that the economy is slowly recovering and that companies are finding ways to make the most of the new jobs that have been created.
Construction workers in New York were hired to fill an average of more than 1,200 construction jobs annually from 2011 to 2014.
Construction is the most common industry for people to work in New Jersey.