Construction is much more than the assembly of buildings and infrastructure. It is how we shape the world around us, but the process, technique, and scale have all changed drastically from the centuries before us. The construction industry both drives the economy and indicates its health. Here are some fun facts about both modern-day and historical elements of the construction industry:

1. The construction industry in the US is worth $1.18 trillion dollars

This figure is up 3.1% from January 2016. The US census says that this number is 59% nonresidential and 41% residential.

2. The US construction industry employs roughly 7.9 million people

Between April 2006 and January 2011, the construction industry eliminated more than 40% of its workforce, cutting nearly 2.3 million jobs. Unfortunately, a significant portion of those workers haven’t returned. However, construction employment is expected to go up as firms replace jobs lost when the recession hit.

3. The Middle East was the fastest-growing construction market in the world in 2017

Markets like Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Egypt are projected to grow at around 6% this year, almost 2x more than the US market grew last year. The United Arab Emirates is poised to reclaim its title of largest projects market from Saudi Arabia due to financial constraints in the kingdom.

4. Honolulu will continue to expand

After an increase of 20% in employed construction workers in 2016, Honolulu will continue to employ laborers to start on the backlog of projects set to begin in the capital of the USA’s 50th state.

5. Concrete is the most used material in construction

Dating back to Ancient Egypt, concrete is the most used construction resource in terms of volume. Thomas Edison had 49 concrete patents and experimented with precast concrete houses filled with concrete furniture, pianos, and refrigerators. Some companies are even putting agents in concrete to make it smell good!

I hope you enjoyed just a few of the interesting and fun facts about the construction industry. And with technology and advancements, new facts about construction will continue to surprise us as long as civilized societies evolve.

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