COVID-19 Impact on Construction Employment

Industry Reports

In May 2020, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding state-by-state construction employment from April 2019 through April 2020. 

The data paints a stark picture of the reality of how COVID-19 has impacted construction employment across the United States. 

Country-wide Construction Employment Declines

Year over year, out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia:

  • 40 experienced construction employment declines
  • 3 saw no change in construction employment
  • 8 recognized construction employment gains

States with the Biggest Construction Employment Declines YoY

  1. Vermont: -48.7%
  2. Michigan: -41.6%
  3. New York: -41.1%
  4. Pennsylvania: -39.4%
  5. Massachusetts: -37.4%

While nearly 80% of states experience losses in construction employment year-over-year, the majority of those losses fell between -0.2% and -10.0%. The remaining states saw losses between -10.6% and -48.7%. 

States with the Biggest Construction Employment Gains YoY

  1. South Dakota: 9.6%
  2. Utah: 3.2%
  3. Nebraska: 1.9%
  4. North Dakota: 1.8%
  5. New Mexico: 1.4%

Only eight states experienced year-over-year gains in construction employment—and even these gains were modest. All but one state saw gains at or under 3.2%.

What's Next?

Regardless of which way your state's construction employment is trending, your construction firm must have a clear understanding of profitability so you can retain your workforce. The Hitched platform can help get you there by giving you total visibility of costs across your job sites. Schedule a demo today to learn how.

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