If a state wasn't affected by sagging oil prices or a pullback in farm income, it probably added construction jobs over the last 12 months, according to the Associated General Contractors.
In all, 43 states and and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between February 2015 and February 2016. Additionally, construction employment increased in 27 states between January and February, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.
“In most of the country, construction continues to outpace other industries in adding jobs,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “Contractors remain upbeat about demand for many types of projects, but they are having difficulty finding enough qualified workers.” Simonson noted that job openings spiked in January, according to the latest survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
California added the most construction jobs (53,800 jobs, 7.6%) between February 2015 and February 2016. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (25,800 jobs, 6.2%), New York (19,100 jobs, 5.5%) and Massachusetts (14,600 jobs, 11.0%). Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (19.1%, 6,300 jobs), followed by Rhode Island (14.6%, 2,400 jobs), Massachusetts and New Hampshire (10.2%, 2,400 jobs).
North Dakota lost the highest percent and total number of construction jobs (-14.5%, -5,300 jobs). Other states that lost jobs for the year include Alaska (-8.2%, -1,500 jobs), Wyoming (-7.2%, -1,700 jobs), West Virginia (-6.9%, -2,300 jobs), Kansas(-6.5%, -4,000 jobs), Mississippi (-1.7%, -800 jobs) and Pennsylvania (-1.4%, -3,200 jobs).