Construction Jobs in 2016
Thirty-two states added construction jobs in 2016 as a dearth of experienced workers kept contractors in many states from hiring as many employees as they would have preferred, says the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. Association officials add that the new Trump administration could help by including workforce development measures as part of its promised new infrastructure program.
“Although the number of states reporting construction employment increases has dwindled, contractors are more upbeat than ever about the construction market and intend to hire more workers this year,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “However, the shortage of construction workers is their top concern, and nearly three-quarters of contractors say they are having a hard time filling positions.”
Florida added the most construction jobs in 2016 (22,300). Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the last 12 months include California (20,900), Washington (13,500), Colorado (11,000 jobs) and Nevada (11,000 jobs). Nevada also added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the last year, followed by Oregon (7,600 jobs), Iowa (6,900 jobs), Minnesota (9,300 jobs) and Washington. For more information, visit www.agc.org.