If you live in Atlanta, you may have noticed cranes populating the skyline seemingly in every direction. However, Georgia ranked in the lower half of states that added construction jobs over the past year, November 2016 to November 2017.
Georgia tied for 36th in the country with only about a 1 percent increase in construction jobs, adding a little more than 2,000.
Brian Turmail, with the Associated General Contractors of America, the group that released the data, said there is one main reason behind the low ranking.
“The wrapping up of these large stadium projects which employ hundreds and sometimes thousands of people,” Turmail said. “That’s at a scale that’s far beyond what you would employ for building a new condo building, apartment building, or office tower”
Turmail said Georgia is still adding construction jobs but at a much slower rate since the completion of SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
He said another factor is demand for construction Atlanta could be outpacing that in other, rural areas in the state.