Construction employment levels in June remained below pre-pandemic levels in 39 states across the country, according to a recent analysis of government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The AGC said many firms are struggling to cope with ongoing supply chain challenges and rising material prices, which in many cases are undermining demand for new projects and firms’ ability to hire new workers.

“The construction industry is a long way from full recovery in most states, in spite of a hot homebuilding market in many areas,” AGC chief economist Ken Simonson said in a prepared statement. “Soaring material costs, long production times for key items, and delayed deliveries are causing owners to postpone projects.”

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