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Construction

The Construction industry is primarily engaged in the construction of buildings or engineering projects (e.g., highways and utility systems). The preparation of sites for new construction and subdividing land for sale as building sites also are included in this industry.

Construction work  includes new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. It is generally managed at a fixed place of business, but can also occur at multiple project sites. Production responsibilities are usually specified in (1) contracts with the owners of construction projects or (2) contracts with other construction establishments (subcontracts).

The Construction industry subsectors in high-demand in the Houston-Galveston area are:

  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Foundation & Exterior Contractors
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2014

 2024

 Construction

 174,600

 229,720

 55,120

 31.6%

 

Nonresidential Building Construction

43,120

54,870

11,750

27.2%

$1,830

 Utility System Construction

 29,600

 38,680

 9,080

 30.7%

 $1,498

 Building Equipment Contractors

 44,170

 60,750

 16,580

 37.5%

 $1,157

 Building Foundation & Exterior Contractors

 20,920

 28,260

 7,340

 35.1%

 $1,101

 Other Specialty Trade Contractors

 18,800

 23,850

 5,050

 26.9%

 $1,025

Building Finishing Contractors

 17,590

 23,310

 5,320

 29.6%

 $881

 


*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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