Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nabobs alert

OK... listen up.  Nabobs especially.   Latest job counts are out and for December we again have a peak in terms of the highest December job count for the Pittsburgh region ever. 

Only May and June of 2001  showed a higher job count than the 1,164,000 raw number just out. So the middle of construction season then when I think there were a few big construction projects pushing up the numbers (and before USAirways employment imploded of course).  Seasonally adjusted the first part of 2001 had some slightly higher numbers. 


So we will call it the post-USAirways peak.

and yes.. just a side story to that number may be the warm weather permitting more construction than is typical to continue through the season.

4 Comments:

Anonymous BrianTH said...

Maybe weather is contributing, but construction has been showing strong growth year-over-year for many months now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger JRoth said...

IMO it's unlikely that the weather is having a big effect on construction jobs, because nobody actually schedules weather-sensitive work between Dec. 15 and March 15. Obviously, if you get a windfall of good weather, you may get some outdoor work done while it lasts, but it's not as if you can bring in a crew of ironworkers to erect a steel frame that had been planned for spring installation. Furthermore, you never know how long mild weather will last, so it would be irresponsible to, say, open up a sidewalk or dig a foundation just because the week's forecast says it will be nice; you only add outdoor jobs* you know you can complete in the immediately foreseeable future.

There's surely some effect, just not one that I imagine to be meaningful on the scale of a million-job metro.

* that is, projects

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:16:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

so it would be irresponsible to, say, open up a sidewalk or dig a foundation ...

That's what I thought, but I can't figure why somebody decided last month was when to start on those condos on Forbes (between Murray and Wightman). Maybe the actual foundation was in before, but I didn't see it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 4:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Such a great article which showed a higher job count than the 1,164,000 raw number just out. So the middle of construction season then when there were a few big construction projects pushing up the numbers . Seasonally adjusted the first part of 2001 had some slightly higher numbers. Thanks for sharing this article.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:07:00 PM  

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