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
- Vermont: -48.7%
- Michigan: -41.6%
- New York: -41.1%
- Pennsylvania: -39.4%
- 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
- South Dakota: 9.6%
- Utah: 3.2%
- Nebraska: 1.9%
- North Dakota: 1.8%
- 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%.
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