Forty-one states added construction jobs between June 2016 and June 2017 amid continuing widespread demand for construction services, while 25 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between May and June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released this week. Association officials said the smaller number of states adding workers in the latest month may indicate a shortage of qualified job seekers, rather than a slowdown in demand for construction.

“Contractors in most of the country say they have plenty of projects booked and would like to hire more workers if they could find them, so it is likely that some states with monthly employment declines have a shortage of workers available to hire rather than a slowdown in work,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “Given the low unemployment rate in most states, other industries are competing hard for workers, making it difficult for contractors to find new construction workers, let alone experienced ones.”

California added the most construction jobs (46,500 jobs, 6.0 percent) during the past year. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (32,400 jobs, 6.9 percent), Louisiana (15,600 jobs, 11.1 percent), Texas (14,400 jobs, 2.1 percent) and Oregon (11,200 jobs, 12.5 percent). Rhode Island added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (13.4 percent, 2,400 jobs), followed by Nevada (12.6 percent, 9,500 jobs), Oregon and New Hampshire (11.1 percent, 2,800 jobs).

Eight states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs between June 2016 and June 2017. The District lost the highest percentage for the year (-5.7 percent, -900 jobs), followed by Alaska (-4.9 percent, -800 jobs), South Dakota (-3.7 percent, -900 jobs), Mississippi (-2.6 percent,-1,400 jobs) and Missouri (-2.6 percent, (-3,100 jobs). Missouri lost the largest number of construction jobs), followed by Illinois (-1,700 jobs, -0.8 percent), Mississippi, D.C. and South Dakota. Construction employment was unchanged over the year in Iowa.

Between May and June, California had the largest numerical increases (8,100 jobs, 1.0 percent), followed by Florida (5,100 jobs, 1.0 percent), New Jersey (4,200 jobs, 2.7 percent), Louisiana (4,000 jobs, 2.6 percent), Nevada (2,100 jobs, 2.5 percent) and Missouri (2,100 jobs, 1.8 percent). New Jersey had the largest percent gain for the month, followed by Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia (2.3 percent, 700 jobs) and New Hampshire

Twenty-one states lost construction jobs between May and June. Georgia had the largest numerical loss (-4,000 jobs, -2.2 percent), followed by Colorado (-3,500 jobs, -2.2 percent), Massachusetts (-2,800 jobs, -1.9 percent), Michigan (-2,800 jobs, -1.7 percent) and Wisconsin (-2,700 jobs, -2.4 percent). Wisconsin lost the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Georgia and Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan and Wyoming (-1.4 percent, -300 jobs). Construction employment was unchanged for the month in Arkansas, Maine, New Mexico and North Dakota.