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Study Shows That Chicago is No. 1 When It Comes to Construction Jobs

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• Next Insurance ranks Chicago No. 1 as the best overall city for construction workers, thanks to its multiple active local and federal construction projects, which are worth billions of dollars.

• St. Louis comes in second, due to its competitive salaries and number of government construction projects in the area.

In the past eight months, the coronavirus pandemic has had impacts on many businesses, including the construction sector. At the start, projects ground to a halt, but work also has resumed to varying degrees, which might leave laborers wondering where the best places are for them to find work. Next Insurance has the answer.

The insurance company recently performed a study where it gathered and analyzed data from more than 50 U.S. cities to determine which ones were the best places for construction. According to Next, it scored the cities based on seven points of criteria:

  • The count of open and ongoing local construction projects;
  • The count of open federal government contracts;
  • The job competition in the area;
  • The average salary;
  • The overall employment rate;
  • The cost of living; and
  • The weather.

What Next found was that the Windy City itself — Chicago — topped the list as the best overall city for construction workers. It was followed in the top 10 by St. Louis; San Jose, Calif.; New York City; San Francisco; Los Angeles, San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; Seattle; and Louisville, Ky.

According to Next, Chicago has multiple active local and federal construction projects, which are worth billions of dollars. These include a $7 billion project that will create “The 78,” a new neighborhood in the city, and the Bronzeville Lakefront venture, a multi-billion dollar mixed use project that will start in fall 2021.

Chicago was followed on the list by St. Louis, thanks to its competitive salaries for construction work and a considerable number of government construction projects in the area. This includes the $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency campus, which started construction in fall 2019 and is projected for completion in 2025.

Click here to read the study, which also looks at the top small U.S. cities for construction work, as well as other rankings.