Construction Employment Rises In 43 States & D.C. From September 2022 to September 2023, While 28 States & D.C. Added Employees Last Month

Texas and Wyoming top lists of year-over-year gains, while Missouri, North Dakota record the worst losses; Oregon and Rhode Island lead in monthly increases, while Virginia and Alaska experience largest decline. Construction employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia in September from a year earlier, while 28 states and D.C. added construction employees from August to September, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America today. Association officials said the month-over-month dips in construction employment in some parts of the country were likely caused by firms struggling to find enough workers to replace retiring ones amid labor shortages. “The construction industry continues to add employees nearly everywhere on a year-over-year basis,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But contractors are struggling to fill openings quickly, which means many states experience short-term dips in employment from month to month.” READ FULL STORY >>