Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016 while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data released this week by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials say demand for construction appears to be cooling in some markets but added that many firms report they would be expanding their headcount if they could find qualified workers to hire.

“The construction market has cooled off in recent months but continues to outperform the overall economy in most states, with solid year-over-year job gains,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “Despite some slowing in public construction, apartments and manufacturing projects, contractors in many states say they would be hiring more employees if they could find enough qualified workers.”

California added the most construction jobs (29,300 jobs, 4.0 percent) between August 2015 and August 2016. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (22,000 jobs, 5.1 percent), Colorado (16,800 jobs, 11.3 percent) and Iowa (14,400 jobs, 18.7 percent). Iowa added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Hawaii (12.3 percent, 4,300 jobs), Colorado and Idaho (9.2 percent, 3,500 jobs).

Michigan added the most construction jobs between July and August (2,600 jobs, 1.8 percent). Other states adding a high number of construction jobs for the month include Ohio (2,100 jobs, 1.0 percent), California (2,000 jobs, 0.3 percent), Tennessee (1,700 jobs, 1.4 percent) and Missouri (1,600 jobs, 1.4 percent). Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month (2.4 percent, 500 jobs), followed by Michigan, Nevada (1.5 percent, 1,100 jobs), Missouri and Tennessee.

Construction employment declined in 25 states and D.C. during the past month and held steady in Montana. New York shed more construction jobs than any other state (-4,600 jobs, -1.3 percent), followed by Georgia (-3,500 jobs, -1.9 percent), Maryland (-2,700 jobs, -1.7 percent), Arizona (-2,500 jobs, -1.8 percent) and Indiana (-2,300 jobs, -1.7 percent). Alaska lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between July and August (-4.1 percent, -700 jobs), followed by Connecticut (-2.8 percent, -1,600 jobs), Georgia, New Mexico (-1.8 percent, -800 jobs, Arkansas (-1.8 percent, -900 jobs) and Arizona.