According to a recent analysis of U.S. Labor Department statistics by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 40 states and the District of Columbia have increased construction jobs in the previous 12 months. In addition, 30 states added even more jobs between April and May of this year. Clearly, its positive news that there are opportunities available for qualified workers.
Nevada led all states in percentage gains in construction employment (12.5 percent; 7,000 jobs) between May 2013 and May 2014. Other states adding a high percentage of new construction jobs for the past 12 months included Florida (9.8 percent; 35,300 jobs), Minnesota (9.7 percent; 9,700 jobs) and Kansas (8.9 percent; 5,000 jobs). California added the most new construction jobs for the year (37,700 jobs; 5.9 percent), followed by Florida and Texas (26,500 jobs; 4.3 percent) and New York (12,000 jobs, 3.7 percent).
AGC officials said that Washington, D.C. officials could bring additional security to construction employment levels by passing new legislation to finance highway and transit construction. By passing a new surface transportation bill that includes the kind of revenue being proposed by Senators Corker and Murphy, substantial stability would be added to what has been a very uneven construction recovery.
“Quickly passing a long-term highway and transit bill will give many construction employers the security they need to begin adding to their payrolls,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the Associated General Contractors of America chief executive officer. “It is hard to hire someone if you don’t know what the market conditions will be like next year, or even next month, which is exactly what many highway and transit contractors have to cope with right now.”
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