The Buffalo-Niagara, New York region reportedly increased its construction staffing at a higher rate than all but two metro areas in the U.S. over the last year, an industry official said during a recent news conference.
The Buffalo News reports Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America, said during the news conference that the region added 3,600 construction jobs from October 2010 to October 2011, which bumped employment to 23,900.
According to the news source, only Houston, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, added more construction workers than Buffalo during the 12-month period. Construction employment reached its highest level since before 2001 during October.
"It has been far too long since we've had news like this to report here in Buffalo," Turmail said during the news conference.
Buffalo Business First reports the jobless rate for the Buffalo Niagara region dipped to 7 percent in October, down from 7.7 percent one year earlier, according to the state's Department of Labor.