Despite Challenges, Construction Employment Has Risen in 38 States and the District of Columbia

June 7, 2018 Karli Langner

Per an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment has risen in 38 states, as well as the district of Columbia. Strong demand, particularly from the private-sector is what prompted firms in most states to add staff.

38 states and the district of Columbia added construction jobs between April 2017 and April 2018, while 29 states added construction jobs between March and April alone.

Association officials said that the employment growth would have been higher if firms could find more qualified workers to hire. See this blog that we posted, “As Demand in Construction Industry Increases, The Number of Skilled Workers for the Jobs Decreases,”for more insight on the skilled labor shortage.

Another issue challenging employment growth – few younger workers are taking jobs in the construction industry. Construction recruiting is burdened by the fact that relatively few schools offer construction skills or counsel students to consider high paying construction careers. 

"The collective cultural fixation on urging every student to go to college and seek office jobs means relatively few young adults are ever encouraged to consider careers in construction," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer.

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