State posts small increase in construction jobs

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 22:29
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

Connecticut gained 2,000 construction jobs in the year starting in May 2016, according to data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The state was among 42 that saw increased demand for construction services.

California added the most jobs during the past year with 38,900, followed by Florida (31,000), Louisiana (12,600), Washington (10,700), Texas (10,600) and Oregon (9,800).

The data looked at job growth or loss from May 2016 to March, April and May of this year, which is typically seasonal time for this line of work.

Between May 2016 and March 2017, Connecticut held steady with 59,100 jobs. From March to April, there was an increase of 2,600 new construction jobs, but by May the state had lost 600.

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia also saw a loss of construction jobs between April and May.

The analysis suggests companies struggling to find enough workers is to blame.

“There is still plenty of private-sector demand for construction projects, so it is likely that some states with monthly employment declines have a shortage of workers rather than a slowdown in work,” said the chief economist for the association, Ken Simonson. “Given the low unemployment rate in most states, it is hard for contractors to find new construction workers, let alone experienced ones.”

Overall Connecticut ranked 35 percent for the 1-month loss and 23 percent for the 12-month gain.

The data was collected by the Associated General Contractors of America, Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor. Employment for construction, mining and logging were included in the results.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 19 June 2017 22:29. Updated: Monday, 19 June 2017 22:31.