Construction Employment Increases in 40 States Since 2018

Aug. 19, 2019

Forty states added construction jobs between July 2018 and July 2019, while construction employment increased in 25 states from June to July. 

“Demand for projects, and the workers to build them, shows no sign of letting up in most states, and contractors continue to increase headcount when they can find qualified workers,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. 

Texas added the most construction jobs over the year (48,400 jobs, 6.6 percent), followed by California (37,100 jobs, 4.3 percent), and Florida (21,300 jobs, 3.9 percent). Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs over 12 months (13.1 percent, 2,600 jobs), followed by West Virginia (11.7 percent, 5,000 jobs), and North Dakota (11.6 percent, 3,000 jobs). 

Ten states shed construction jobs over the last 12 months. Louisiana lost the largest number (-12,100 jobs, -7.9 percent). Other states with large job losses include Ohio (-2,900 jobs, -1.3 percent), South Carolina (-2,800 jobs, -2.7 percent), and Massachusetts (-2,500 jobs, -1.6 percent).

Texas added the most construction jobs between June and July (6,300 jobs, 0.8 percent), followed by Utah (2,700 jobs, 2.5 percent), and Washington (1,900 jobs, 0.9 percent). Utah added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Montana (2.1 percent, 600 jobs).

Construction employment decreased from June to July in 22 states and was flat in Kentucky, Idaho, D.C., and Vermont. Ohio lost the largest number of construction jobs for the month (-1,900 jobs, -0.9 percent), followed by South Carolina (-1,500 jobs, -1.5). 

Source: AGC