Thirty-five states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs from January 2017 to January 2018, and 31 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs from December 2017 to January, according to www.agc.org.
"The widespread growth of these good-paying jobs is encouraging," says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). "But many of the jobs are at risk if unwise tariffs push up materials costs, making projects unaffordable, and if the nation continues to underfund infrastructure investment."
California added the most construction jobs—75,500—between January 2017 and January 2018. Florida, Texas and Washington also added a large number of construction jobs. Additionally, West Virginia added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by California, Nevada and New Mexico.
Thirty-one states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs from December 2017 to January, with California adding the most construction jobs—11,100—followed by Florida and Washington. New Mexico added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Alaska and Nevada.
Fifteen states lost construction jobs between January 2017 and January 2018. North Dakota lost the highest number of construction jobs—4,600—followed by Iowa and Nebraska. Construction employment fell in 17 states from December 2017 to January, and Pennsylvania lost more than any other state—4,300.