Construction Employment Slowly Recovering Despite Severe Winter Weather
Construction firms added jobs in 37 states over the past 12 months and in 30 states between January and February, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. The jobs gain came even as much of the country endures unusually severe winter weather.
"Considering the mix of states adding and losing construction jobs for the month and year, it seems winter conditions had less of an impact than many had expected," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Instead, what appears to be driving construction employment is differing levels of demand for new buildings and infrastructure amid a relatively uneven economic recovery."
Florida reported the largest percentage of job gains in the 12-month period, while West Virginia and Indiana showed the biggest declines. Wyoming and California topped the monthly rankings, while Kansas and Ohio lost the most jobs between January and February.
Association officials said that even as construction employment slowly recovers in certain parts of the country, total construction employment remains below peak levels in every state and the District of Columbia.