Construction employment increased in 32 states in September

October 26, 2021

Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs in September, and construction employment is down in 35 states since February 2020 amid supply chain issues, according to www.agc.org.

“Construction employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in more than two-thirds of the states,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. “Supply problems have slowed down many projects and forced contractors to hold down employment, while the lack of an infrastructure bill is leading some to delay hiring.”

Texas added the most construction jobs from August to September—8,900—and Connecticut had the largest percentage increase of construction jobs for the month—3%. Tennessee lost the largest number of construction jobs (-2,800) and Alaska lost the highest percentage of construction jobs (-4.9%) for the month.

Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs from February 2020 to September. Utah added the most jobs—9,400—and Idaho, South Dakota and Utah had the largest percentage increase during that period—7.9%. Texas lost the most construction jobs from February 2020 to September (-48,000 jobs), and Louisiana had the largest percentage decline (-16.1%).

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