Forty-two states added construction jobs between June 2018 and June 2019, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The 12-month increase is in line with recent data releases from the AGC. The organization reported 39 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs between May 2018 and May 2019, while 43 states added construction jobs between April 2018 and April 2019, and 38 states added jobs between March 2018 and March 2019.
The AGC also reported 30 states added construction jobs between May and June, continuing a stagnation of month-to-month changes in construction employment. Thirty-one states added jobs between April and May after 29 states added jobs between February and March.
“Construction demand remains robust across most states, and contractors continue to add workers when they can find them,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “But contractors are struggling to find all the workers they need in many states, as shown the historically high number of job openings at the end of May.”
California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona added the most jobs in pure numbers between May and June, while Wyoming, Maine, West Virginia, and Vermont added the highest percentage of jobs. Nevada lost the the highest number and largest percentage of construction jobs between May and June.
California and Texas added the most construction jobs in pure numbers during the past 12 months, while West Virginia and Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs in the past calendar year. Construction employment reached record highs in Colorado, Oregon, and Texas. Louisiana lost the largest number of jobs in the past year and the steepest percentage of construction jobs in the same period.