Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas losing construction jobs, despite housing boom

Home sales have been setting records in North Texas and statewide, rebounding sharply from the pandemic shutdown in late spring, and many builders are reporting big backlogs.



Nonresidential construction, such as this tower in Plano, is continuing when the projects have begun and their financing is lined up, industry officials said. But many new commercial office developments are being paused or canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus permanently changing the workplace.


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Nonresidential construction, such as this tower in Plano, is continuing when the projects have begun and their financing is lined up, industry officials said. But many new commercial office developments are being paused or canceled amid concerns about the coronavirus permanently changing the workplace.

Despite the green shoots, construction jobs fell in July for both Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas while rising slightly nationwide. The U.S. also has held up better than Texas in retaining construction jobs over the past year and since February, before the pandemic effects started taking hold.

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From June to July, D-FW lost 2,100 jobs at specialty contractors and Texas lost 6,300 at construction firms, according to the U.S. Bureau

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