North Texas construction activity is rebounding after a sharp downturn during the pandemic.
Dallas is one of only two major metro areas where construction activity has rebound to pre pandemic levels, according to a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.
The construction industry trade group looked at major markets around the country to gauge construction activity at the end of May.
Among the eight largest markets, Dallas had the biggest rebound in construction – up 15% as of May 31, according to data gathered by Procore Technologies, a construction project management.
“Construction activity has returned to pre-coronavirus levels in 34 states, based on data on workers’ hours analyzed by Procore,” the trade group’s report says. “And construction has returned to pre-coronavirus levels in Dallas and Miami, according to Procore’s data on eight large metro areas.”
Building starts ground to a halt in many areas of the country as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold.
Starting in mid March, construction worker hours were down by more than 10% in Texas.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, commercial building activity dropped by about 40% in May from a year earlier.
More than 60% of construction firms interviewed for the new industry survey said had at least one project halted or canceled because of the pandemic.