It must be “Bigger and Better in Texas” these days, at least for construction workers. Texas had the largest one-month gain in construction employment as well as the biggest number of workers and largest annual percentage increase. Way to go, Texas!

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between September 2018 and September 2019, while construction employment increased in 28 states from August to September, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Dept. data by the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America). Assn. officials said it is likely additional states would have added new construction jobs if firms could find more qualified workers to hire.

The overall economy is slowing, based on available data, but contractors in most states are still eager to hire. Unfortunately, they are unable to find qualified workers in some cases, and job openings in construction have soared as unemployment rates are at historic lows in many states.

Back to Texas: the state added the most construction jobs throughout the year (52,000 jobs, 7.0%), followed by California (30,400 jobs, 3.5%), Arizona (16,500 jobs, 10.2%), Florida (16,200 jobs, 2.9%), and Nevada (11,100 jobs, 12.3%). Nevada added the highest percentage of construction jobs in 12 months, while construction employment reached a record high in Texas, Washington, and Nebraska.

Eleven states lost construction jobs in the same 12 months. Louisiana lost the largest number and percentage of construction jobs (-10,600 jobs, -7.0%). Other states with large job losses include Ohio (-7,600 jobs, -3.4%), Connecticut (-1,800 jobs, -3.1%), and Tennessee (-1,300 jobs, -1.0%).

Texas added the most construction jobs between August and September (7,200 jobs, 0.9%), followed by Arizona (2,200 jobs, 1.3%), and Indiana (1,700 jobs, 1.1%). Hawaii added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month (2.7%, 1,000 jobs), followed by Idaho (2.2%, 1,100 jobs).

Construction employment decreased from August to September in 22 states and was flat in D.C. Virginia lost the largest number of construction jobs for the month (-3,200 jobs, -1.6%), followed by Ohio (-1,700 jobs, -0.8%), and Pennsylvania (-1,500 jobs, -0.6%).  North Dakota had the largest percentage decline for the month (-3.2%, -900 jobs), followed by Virginia, Wyoming (-1.4%, -300 jobs), and Rhode Island (-1.0%, -200 jobs).

Association officials said that 80% of construction firms that responded to the association’s recent workforce survey reported having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire. They urged federal leaders to increase funding for career and technical education and allow more immigrants to legally enter the country.

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