Construction employment increased in 27 states from September to October, an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America found.
Construction employment declined in 19 states and remained flat in four states and D.C.
At the end of September there were 412,000 construction job openings—the most for any September since tracking began in 2001.
“Although barely half of states added workers in October, government data on job openings and hires show contractors were eager to add employees,” stated Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “The shortfall in available workers is undermining job gains and causing delays and higher costs for many projects.”
New York, Colorado and Utah had the largest increases in construction employment. Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Florida experienced the largest declines in construction jobs.