The construction industry is starting to show signs of a rebound in Ohio and Oklahoma, with both states reporting improved employment numbers in November, bucking the national trend.
In Dayton, local construction grew by 1 percent during the month of November, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA). Statewide, Ohio also added construction positions, rising 2 percent during the past year.
In Oklahoma, Tulsa currently ranks among the top metro areas in the U.S. for construction job growth, boosted by the emerging oil and gas industry, as well as growth in the healthcare and hospitality sectors, according to Tulsa World. Over the past year, Tulsa saw a 9 percent increase in construction jobs, with Oklahoma City seeing a 3 percent increase during the past 12 months.
Ken Simonson, chief economist with AGCA, told the news agency the region is now seeing an industrial construction boom like never before.
"An area like Oklahoma benefits because of the strength of the energy sector," Ken Simonson added. "Oklahoma never had a construction buildup, so the state only saw about half the decline the rest of the country."