According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA), Florida led all the US states in terms of the number of construction jobs year-over-year in February this year.
Specifically, the association’s report shows that Florida had seen a rise of 34,700 jobs, which is a 7.5% increase year-over-year, during the said month and is followed by the states of California with 16,500 jobs, Texas with 14,200 jobs, and Louisiana with 13,500 jobs.
Giving his opinion about this development, AGCA chief economist Ken Simonson said:
“A combination of solid demand and unseasonably mild weather added to construction employment in more states than usual in February. But conditions vary widely. Five states set new records for construction employment, while more than half the states are still at least 10% below their all-time highs.”
Meanwhile, the number of construction jobs in other in 10 states has seen significant declines during the month. According to the AGCA report, Virginia lost the most workers with a reduction of 3,200 jobs, followed by South Carolina with a loss of 2,600, and Mississippi with 1,600. On another note, construction jobs were unchanged in New Mexico and Washington, D.C.
AGCA officials stated that a lot of construction companies are currently facing shortages of qualified workers as they try to keep up with the ever-growing demand.