NEW YORK — New York City’s growing popularity with homebuilders and home renovation businesses has led to a boom in the construction of woodworking jobs in the city.
Woodworking jobs are being added in large numbers in the Big Apple, according to data compiled by the New York City Homebuilding Institute.
The city has more than 40,000 residential and commercial building permits issued in 2017, up from about 18,000 in 2016, according the institute.
That’s more than double the number of permits issued four years ago.
The institute estimates there are more than 1,300 residential and business woodworking and fabrication projects underway in New Yorkers’ neighborhoods.
“We are seeing a big demand for our woodworking services in New England, in Massachusetts, in Vermont, in Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey,” said Robert M. Sallis, the institute’s executive director.
New-York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York is on track to overtake Detroit as the largest city for new residential construction in 2020.
De Blasio, who has promised to build 4,000 new homes over the next two years, said his administration is committed to helping New York build new homes in neighborhoods that are already thriving.
He cited the city’s ability to attract construction jobs from the South Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, where construction jobs are growing at a fast clip.
“We know we need to continue to invest in our housing and our public transit, and we are making strides,” de Blasio told reporters.
In the New England region, more than 70 percent of residential permits were issued in the New Hampshire and Vermont markets in 2017.
That includes more than 100 projects in the Vermont and Maine markets.
The New Hampshire project, for example, is expected to generate $1.7 million in new construction jobs.
The New York State Department of Labor says a new construction boom is coming to the city as well.
About 1,200 residential and small business construction jobs were added in New Hampshire in 2017 and nearly 6,000 were in Vermont.
Construction jobs in New Mexico jumped 35 percent last year to nearly 1,000, and New York state has seen nearly 675,000 jobs created in the past decade.
The trend continues in New Zealand.
More than 7,800 new residential and construction jobs in 2017 were announced in the Pacific island nation, where the economy has grown more than 10 percent annually since 2009.
The number of residential construction permits issued there rose 40 percent last December.