The construction jobs in Georgia was back to last year’s level in September, around 2 percent increase from August. The increase in Atlanta construction job market made up nearly 60% of state’s rise. Despite of the sharp increase, the state’s construction job market has not recovered to the pre-pandemic level. Only eight states’ construction employment have exceeded the pre-pandemic level, where Virginia added most number of jobs, and South Dakota had the largest percentage rise compared to February (source: Associated General Contractors of America, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The building permits in Georgia had a sharp rise in September, more than 23% higher than September 2019. Building permits in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta also saw a significant increase of 484 units compared to August. The seasonally adjusted privately-owned housing units authorized at national level was 5.2 percent above August, and 8,1 percent above last year’s rate in September (source: the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).