Detroit named one of the top 10 metro areas in U.S. for construction job growth

Detroit ranked No. 7 in the Associated General Contractor's list of the top 10 metro areas in the U.S. with the fastest job-growth rates in construction, Crain's Detroit Business reported. 

AGC specifically named the Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia area in the list, with a 15 percent increase in construction jobs between March 2016 and March 2017, equaling about 2,900 new jobs. The area currently has a total of 21,700 construction workers, compared to 18,800 in 2016. 

Between 2008 to 2010, the Detroit area lost about one out of every four construction jobs available, which led to the loss of 5,100 positions, the source noted.

Brian Turmail, AGC spokesperson, said the organization recognizes the dynamic turnaround in Detroit, WDET reported. 

"That's why the General Associated Contractors of America is working to support efforts to improve the tax and regulatory environment for construction companies," he stated. "And that's why we are working to put in place [trade] federal infrastructure investment programs that help boost demand for new construction."

The construction of the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit has been a boon for construction jobs in the city, employing 1,400 people each day, according to Dannis Mitchell, director of workforce development for Barton Malow Co., one of the firms leading the project. 

Detroit ranked No. 7 in the Associated General Contractor's list of the top 10 metro areas in the U.S. with the fastest job-growth rates in construction.