Construction Employment Rises in 45 States

By October 22, 2018Blogs, News

Seasonally adjusted construction employment in September 2018 grew to 7.328 million, up 5.1% from 6.968 million in September 2017, according to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The year-over-year construction employment went up in 45 states and dropped in only three states.


Since September 2017, Florida added the most construction jobs (70,700) followed by Texas (60,200). In the same period, California added 32,900 jobs and Georgia added  22,300 jobs. These four states accounted for more than half the 360,700 new jobs added since September 2017. In the same one year period, New Jersey lost the most jobs (9,600) followed by Kentucky (900).

Between September 2018 and August 2018, Pennsylvania added the most jobs (3,700) followed by Texas (3,000) and Georgia (2,900). During the same period, Michigan lost the most construction jobs (2,100) followed by California (2,000) and New Jersey (1,500). New Jersey was the only state to have lost jobs since August 2018 as well as since September 2017.   

Florida had the largest percentage gains (14.8%) compared to a year ago, which is significant given that the state ranked 3rd in terms of the total construction jobs. The year-over-year increases in construction jobs were more than 5.0% in 23 states and more than 2% in 38 states (and DC). The Month-over-month gains were more than 1.0% in 13 states while the losses were more than 1.0% in only three states.   

According to the Labor Bureau report, there were 7.328 million construction jobs in September 2018. California accounted for the largest proportion of those jobs (853,900) followed closely by Texas (769,700). Florida ranked third with 550,000 construction jobs followed by New York (396,600). These four states accounted for more than 35% of the total construction jobs. Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Washington, and Georgia rounded out top ten states with the most construction jobs and together accounted for more than 50% of the construction jobs in the US. 

Please, explore the employment data by using this interactive dashboard included below.

Hidden behind these positive employment data are the challenges contractors are facing finding qualified employees for their projects. Are you experiencing these challenges? How is the labor shortage manifesting in your region and how are you overcoming it?