Since Pandemic, Construction Employment Has Increased in Only 14 States

Only 14 states and Washington D.C. have higher construction employment compared with February 2020, the last month unimpacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Associated General Contractors reported.

Compared with February 2020, September construction employment declined in 35 states and remained unchanged in Connecticut. The largest decline in construction jobs during the period was in Texas, which shed 48,000 jobs, a 6.1% decline.

“Supply problems have slowed down many projects and forced contractors to hold down employment, while the lack of an infrastructure bill is leading some to delay hiring,” AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said in a statement.

From August to September, however, construction employment increased in 32 states and D.C. and remained unchanged in Iowa and Kansas. Sixteen states shed construction jobs from August to September.

The full AGC report can be found here.

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