The Omaha area stands out as the nation’s fastest-growing market for construction jobs, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America that tracked 358 metro areas.

About 5,900 new construction jobs came on board locally between October 2018 and October 2019 — that’s a 20% increase, the largest percentage gain among the metro areas reviewed, said Brian Turmail, national spokesman for the contractors group.

Today there are 35,500 workers in Omaha’s construction market, the contractors group reported, up from a post-recession low of 21,000 in October 2011. 

A related survey also discussed Friday found that 90 percent of Nebraska contractors, compared with 80 percent of contractors nationwide, reported a hard time finding qualified workers.

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