AGCA: 42 states report construction employment
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Forty-two states added construction jobs between June 2018 and June 2019, while construction employment increased in 30 states from May to June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the new construction employment data demonstrates the need for new federal investments in career and technical education programs, along with immigration reform.
California added the most construction jobs over the year (40,300 jobs, 4.7 percent), followed by Texas (39,500 jobs, 5.4 percent), Florida (25,800 jobs, 4.8 percent), Arizona (18,200 jobs, 11.6 percent) and Georgia (12,700 jobs, 6.5 percent). West Virginia added the highest percentage of construction jobs over 12 months (19.8 percent, 8,100 jobs), followed by Wyoming (14.1 percent, 2,800 jobs), Arizona and Alaska (10.3 percent, 1,600 jobs). Construction employment reached a record high in four states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.