AGC reports that 45 states and Washington, D.C., saw construction employment increase in July from this time last year. On a month-to-month basis, 27 states reported employment increases from June to July.

While construction employment increased for most U.S. states in July 2023, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) officials say job openings remain near record highs.

AGC reports that 45 states and Washington, D.C., saw construction employment increase in July from this time last year. On a month-to-month basis, 27 states reported employment increases from June to July.

“Construction job gains were nearly ubiquitous over the past year,” says AGC chief economist Ken Simonson. “While barely half the states added construction employees in July, this is due to the sector’s ultra-low unemployment rate. There is still plenty of demand, as shown by near-record construction job openings.”

Data shows that between July 2022 and July 2023, 45 states and D.C. added construction jobs, while four states lost workers.

AGC officials report that Texas added the most construction jobs over the year (25,200 jobs), followed by California (13,800 jobs), Ohio (13,100 jobs) and Georgia (10,200 jobs). Arkansas had the largest percentage increase in construction jobs over 12 months (10.1%, 5,800 jobs). Colorado lost the most jobs (-3,000 jobs).

From June to July 2023, Texas added the most jobs over the month (4,700 jobs), followed by Florida (4,000 jobs), Ohio (3,400 jobs), New Jersey (2,400 jobs) and Nebraska (1,900 jobs). Washington experienced the largest decline in construction jobs (-2,500 jobs).

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