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Posted May 3, 2013 10:18 am - Updated May 13, 2013 10:19 am

Augusta’s building numbers not good

Construction employment increased in 152 out of 339 metropolitan areas between March 2012 and March 2013. It declined in 126 and was stagnant in 61 other cities, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Augusta is in the company of the declining cities.

As a matter of fact, it is in a 13-way tie for 211th overall – along with Chattanooga, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio; Davenport, Iowa; Wilmington, N.C.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Augusta’s construction employment had a 1 percent decline over the year (only 100 people) according to the data.

“Today’s figures on employment by metro area and construction spending nationally in March highlight the uneven and fragile recovery that construction is experiencing,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The totals are up on a year-over-year basis, and should continue to improve during the remainder of 2013, but not every sector or region will do well.”

Simonson expects multifamily housing, power and energy, manufacturing and warehouses to be the best-performing categories.

The final word: “For the year as a whole, I expect both residential and private nonresidential construction spending to top 2012 totals by 10 to 15 percent, while public construction will slip 2 to 5 percent.”


MORE OPENINGS: Georgialina Physical Therapy Associates is opening its ninth location July 1.

The new branch will be in the Walmart-anchored Gateway Plaza near Grovetown.

They’ve also opened a two-day clinic at Savannah River Site (in Building 719-5N) with the idea of saving those employees a drive.

“It is just one more example of our company’s commitment to assisting SRS employees to take control of their personal health and physical wellness,” said Terry Hanna, the employee health and productivity wellness coordinator for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, part of the partnership that worked on the clinic.