Construction staffing on the rise in Ohio


New data provided by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that the the number of construction jobs in Ohio is increasing slightly, and this change could spur construction staffing.

The number of construction jobs in the state rose to 170,900 in November, which was a 2.6 percent gain over the 166,500 jobs existing during the same time in 2010, according to Dayton Daily News.

A new casino in Cleveland, which is scheduled to become available to the public in March, is expected to be a major source of jobs for people in the area, The Associated Press reports. Market experts have predicted that the $350 million facility will generate 2,000 construction jobs, and the casino itself is expected to employ around 1,600 people.

Many have speculated that the project could generate spinoff jobs by visitors who contribute to tourism and the food service industry, according to the media outlet. These new jobs will hopefully help to put downward pressure on Ohio's jobless rate, which was 9.1 percent in November.

Plans for the initial phase of the casino include a food court and a buffet restaurant, the media outlet reports. The project will eventually be expanded so that visitors can see various businesses running along the Cuyahoga River. The construction plans involve connecting the casino to a retail office complex and a sports complex.

"It's important for the casino not to be just an enclosed shrine to betting," Chris Warren, Cleveland's chief of regional development, told the media outlet. "You have a unique constellation of really high-visitor, high-marquee venues that will be connected."

John Morris, who serves as the president of the Ohio Valley chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., told Dayton Daily News that he hopes the uplifting data on new construction jobs indicates that Ohio's economy "is turning around and that a lot of construction projects on the private and public sectors that were on the shelves are coming out and getting started."

He cited the past reluctance of lenders to provide builders with funds to start their commercial projects, and stated that the influx of construction jobs may be a result of the credit market warming up, the media outlet reports. He added that making investments into long-term commercial projects is the key to creating more construction jobs nationwide.

Market experts have predicted that residential construction will continue to creep up moderately in Ohio, Walt Hibner, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Dayton, told the media outlet.

The various projects that are happening in Ohio will hopefully contribute to construction staffing.