Construction jobs were added in 22 states in May amid labor shortages

June 22, 2022

Twenty-two states added construction jobs in May, and 43 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs during the past 12 months, according to www.agc.org.

Texas added the most construction jobs from April to May—10,600—and Minnesota had the largest percentage increase of construction jobs for the month—3.2%. New York lost the largest number of construction jobs (-5,100) for the month and North Dakota and Wyoming had the largest percentage decline (-3%).

Forty-three states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs during the past 12 months. Texas added the most jobs—54,600—and New Mexico had the largest percentage increase during that period—12.8%. Kentucky lost the most construction jobs during the past year (-2,300 jobs) and Hawaii had the largest percentage decline (-4.3%).

Stephen Sandherr, CEO of Associated General Contractors of America, said May’s employment gains lagged as contractors continue to face labor shortages and supply chain challenges.

“Demand for construction appears to be outpacing the availability of workers and materials in many parts of the country,” Sandherr said. “Contractors can’t add jobs if they don’t have workers to hire or supplies to install on projects.”

Tags: Workforce | Trends

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