Construction Employment Increases in 40 States & D.C.

May 28, 2015

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between April 2014 and April 2015 and in 30 states and D.C. between March and April, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by AGC.

AGC officials said that even as construction employment continues to expand, workforce shortages and infrastructure funding challenges threaten future growth.

California added more new construction jobs (42,600 jobs, up 6.4 percent) between April 2014 and April 2015 than any other state.

Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include:

  • Florida (32,200 jobs, up 8.2 percent);
  • Texas (25,300 jobs, up 3.9 percent);
  • Washington (18,700 jobs, up 12 percent); and
  • Michigan (14,800 jobs, up 10.6 percent).

Idaho (up 12.4 percent; 4,400 jobs) added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Washington, Michigan and New Jersey (9.9 percent, 13,900 jobs).