Queens is king of construction sector

December 26, 2013 12:05PM

The vast majority of New Yorkers employed by the construction industry – about 70 percent – hail from Queens and Brooklyn, according to a new analysis by the New York Building Congress.

In 2012, the city’s construction industry employed 185,233 New York City residents, the analysis shows. Queens was home to 70,809, or about 38.2 percent of these workers, while Brooklyn residents made up 31.9 percent, or 59,027 individuals.

Manhattan residents made up only 7.5 percent of the city’s construction pool, with 13,869 workers, according to the analysis, seen by Real Estate Weekly.

Overall, the number of New Yorkers employed in construction rose three percent from the 179,814 residents employed by the industry in 2011, according to the analysis.

New York Building Congress president Richard Anderson told Real Estate Weekly that he was “encouraged” by the numbers, but that the industry still employed 28,000 less workers than it did in 2007. [REW]  – Hiten Samtani