Construction Employment Rises in 40 States & D.C. During Past Year

June 19, 2015

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and Washington, D.C., between May 2014 and May 2015, and increased jobs in 28 states and D.C., between April and May of 2015, according to an AGC analysis.

California added more new construction jobs (46,600 jobs, up 6.9 percent) between May 2014 and May 2015 than any other state. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months included Florida (28,200 jobs, up 7.2 percent), Texas (20,300 jobs, up 3.1 percent), Washington (18,100 jobs, up 11.6 percent) and North Carolina (15,600 jobs, up 8.8 percent).

Idaho (up 11.8 percent, 4,200 jobs) added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Washington, Michigan (up 10.7 percent, 15,100 jobs) and North Carolina.

Ten states shed construction jobs during the past 12 months with West Virginia (down 12.3 percent, -4,200 jobs) losing the highest percent of construction jobs. Other states that lost a high percentage of jobs for the year included Mississippi (down 7.2 percent, -3,600 jobs), Rhode Island (down 5.4 percent, -900 jobs), Maine (down 2.7 percent, -700 jobs) and Ohio (down 2.2 percent, -4,300 jobs). The largest job losses occurred in Ohio, West Virginia and Mississippi.

AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson noted that the six states that added the highest percentage of construction workers in May were all in the Northeast, a region that has seen less growth in construction in recent years than other parts of the country.