What Does a Construction Job Cost in Stimulus Dollars?


The folks over at SoftwareAdvice.com just released an interesting analysis of  the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) on construction employment on a state by state basis.  Though the data presented is interesting, I think it creates more questions than it answers. For instance, if you look at the two subsets of data below two questions pop to mind; 1- What has Massachusetts figured out that makes it so much more efficient at turning stimulus dollars into construction jobs? 2- It’s no surprise that California is one of the most expensive places to create construction jobs (or do just about anything, for that matter) but they really stick out when you compare them in size and population density to the second through fifth states in the “Cost per Construction Job” ranking.

Top Job Generators
State Amount Awarded Amount Received Jobs Created Cost per job
MA $1,500 $361 5174 $69,831
NY $2,900 $838 5108 $164,101
TX $2,500 $1,300 4199 $325,891
CA $3,700 $2,200 4197 $535,171
OH $1,500 $462 3820 $120,908
Most Expensive Jobs per Stimulus Dollar
State Amount Awarded Amount Received Jobs Created Cost per job
CA $3,700 $2,200 4197 $535,171
CT $324 $221 432 $511,053
NH $221 $128 284 $448,984
LA $723 $420 1056 $397,895
SC $810 $366 941 $389,290


Update: Apparently what Massachussetts has figured out is how to fudge the math. Thanks to Pete Abair for the tip.


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2 Responses to “What Does a Construction Job Cost in Stimulus Dollars?”

  1. Jacob@ Safe and Dry Blog Says:

    Whoa, that really puts some things into perspective. I’m sad though, that much of this money is coming to MA (in parcticular) near close to winter when the money won’t nessesarily do the most good.

    I just thought the whole thing was poor timing.

  2. Panel Clips Says:

    Very interesting statistics, thanks for sharing. I agree creating jobs and spending this money wisely in CA, is something that will be very difficult to do responsibly. I hope that this initiative works out for everyone involved and projects can be found, jobs created, and projects to be completed effectively and efficiently.

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