Lake Charles, Baton Rouge construction jobs increase significantly over past year

Lake Charles was seventh in the country in construction job growth at 3,700 jobs between March 2021 and March 2022, while Baton Rouge added 1,200 construction jobs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America’s latest report. Houston added the most construction jobs in the U.S. at 9,300.

The government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed 364,000 job openings in construction going into March, a 52% jump from a year earlier. Openings exceeded the 342,000 employees hired in February, implying that construction firms would have added twice as many employees if they had been available.