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Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in the industry.

The U.S. construction sector added jobs in 44 states and the District of Columbia during 2015, according to a report released Tuesday (Jan. 26) by the Associated General Contractors of America. In the same report, the AGC said 39 states and D.C. added construction jobs between November and December over strong demand for construction.

Many of the states that saw construction declines last year appear to be in those states that produce energy, according to the report.

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Overall construction unemployment rate in December fell to 7.5 percent—down from 8.3 percent for the same month in 2014. Construction firms added 45,000 workers nationwide during December 2015.

“Construction employment expanded in most parts of the country last year as demand for new projects rebounded,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the association. “The question now is whether declining energy prices will impact construction employment in a larger part of the country this year.”

Year-to-Year Comparison

In a separate report released earlier this month, AGC said the overall construction unemployment rate in December fell to 7.5 percent—down from 8.3 percent for the same month in 2014. Construction firms added 45,000 workers nationwide during December 2015.

December was the third month that showed large increases in construction employment, the group said. The group pointed to a strong industry outlook for 2016 that shows 71 percent of construction companies expect to increase their headcount this year.

“Based on what most contractors have reported, the robust hiring the industry has experienced during the past few months should continue through 2016,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist, in the Jan. 8 report. “While contractors continue to be worried about labor shortages, regulatory burdens and health care costs, most expect growing demand for many types of construction will allow them to expand this year.”

As for labor shortages, most construction companies acknowledged they are concerned about that heading into the new year. About 70 percent of contractors said they are having difficulty finding available construction workers, the AGC’s Jan. 8 report indicates.

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Construction employment in December totaled 6,538,000 workers, the AGC said. That’s the most number of construction workers in the sector since January 2009.

Construction employment in December totaled 6,538,000 workers, the AGC said. That’s the most number of construction workers in the sector since January 2009 and is a 4.2 percent increase—263,000 more—than in the same month during 2014.

States by the Numbers

Hawaii showed the highest seasonably adjusted percentage increase in the one-year period ending December 2015, with a 15.5 percent increase in construction workers. North Dakota, which has a high energy production sector, showed both the greatest percentage loss and lost the most workers during the year: down 3,000 workers, or an 8.1 percent decrease, the Tuesday report indicates.

California added the most construction jobs of any state both in the 12-month period and one-month period that ended in December 2015, with 59,300 workers and 11,200 workers, respectively, joining the field. The Tuesday report said Florida, New York and Colorado followed California in adding workers during the one-year period, while Illinois, Texas and North Carolina also the topped the one-month list.

Ten states lost construction jobs between November and December 2015, while construction employment was unchanged in Louisiana. Behind North Dakota, Pennsylvania shed more construction jobs than any other state (2,500 jobs lost, down 1.1 percent), followed by Arizona and Nebraska.

Wyoming (down 1.7 percent,  or 400 jobs) showed the greatest percentage loss of construction jobs between November and December, followed by North Dakota, New Mexico, Nebraska and Arizona.

   

Tagged categories: Associated General Contractors (AGC); Business conditions; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; Commercial Construction; Construction; Department of Labor; Labor; Personnel; Personnel changes; Residential Construction; Workers

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