Construction Jobs Regionally by Level and Change, U.S. and Canada

Tables 1 through 3 accompanying this article detail the latest (October 2018) statistics on construction employment regionally in the U.S. and Canada.

Construction Jobs Regionally by Level and Change, U.S. and Canada Graphic

Table 1 is a ranking of states, D.C. and Puerto Rico for the U.S. and provinces and territories for Canada by construction employment levels.

Table 2 is a ranking of states, D.C. and Puerto Rico for the U.S. and provinces and territories for Canada according to year-over-year (y/y) nominal changes in construction employment levels.

Table 3 is a ranking of states, D.C. and Puerto Rico for the U.S. and provinces and territories for Canada by y/y percentage changes in number of construction jobs.

With respect to number of construction jobs (Table 1), the four most populous states in America are the frontrunners. California (874,000) is in first place, followed by Texas (774,000), Florida (553,000) and New York (415,000).

After New York, there’s a sizable step down to fifth-place Pennsylvania (266,000).

There are six other states with construction levels exceeding 200,000 – Illinois (243,000); Ohio (238,000); North Carolina (222,000); Washington (218,000); Georgia (+207,000); and Virginia (206,000).

(By the way, how populous are California, Texas, N.Y. and Florida? Combined, they account for the residences of one out of every three Americans.)

In Canada, Ontario (529,000 construction jobs) leads the pack by a wide margin. There is little separation, however, between the next three highest-ranking provinces – Quebec (253,000); Alberta (249,000) and British Columbia (237,000).

If one were to compare states and provinces, Ontario would be positioned in fourth spot, a little behind Florida but considerably ahead of New York.

Table 1: U.S. and Canadian Construction Employment
U.S. States – Construction Employment
Oct. 2018 – Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) data
(3-month moving averages placed in latest month)
 
Rank State No. of Workers
1 California 874,067
2 Texas 774,267
3 Florida 552,767
4 New York 415,033
5 Pennsylvania 265,600
6 Illinois 243,333
7 Ohio 238,400
8 North Carolina 221,567
9 Washington 218,433
10 Georgia 206,700
11 Virginia 206,067
12 Michigan 186,433
13 Colorado 176,167
14 Massachusetts 169,333
15 Maryland 166,000
16 Arizona 165,900
17 New Jersey 153,633
18 Indiana 152,500
19 Louisiana 149,600
20 Minnesota 136,700
21 Wisconsin 132,733
22 Missouri 127,500
23 Tennessee 125,333
24 Oregon 112,567
25 Utah 105,200
26 South Carolina 98,900
27 Nevada 94,533
28 Alabama 88,333
29 Iowa 86,100
30 Kentucky 79,067
31 Oklahoma 78,967
32 Connecticut 66,633
33 Kansas 62,933
34 Nebraska 53,933
35 Arkansas 53,733
36 Idaho 50,133
37 New Mexico 49,767
38 Mississippi 43,600
39 West Virginia 36,833
40 Hawaii 36,433
41 Montana 31,400
42 North Dakota 30,867
43 New Hampshire 30,800
44 Maine 30,633
45 South Dakota 25,433
46 Delaware 23,833
47 Wyoming 22,300
48 Rhode Island 20,300
49 Puerto Rico 19,833
50 Alaska 17,267
51 Vermont 16,733
52 District of Columbia 16,267
 
Canadian Provinces – Construction Employment
Oct. 2018 – Seasonally Adjusted (SA) 
 
Rank Province No. of Workers
1 Ontario 528,800
2 Quebec 252,800
3 Alberta  248,500
4 British Columbia 237,400
5 Atlantic Region 80,900
6 Saskatchewan 50,700
7 Manitoba 46,400
Figures for Delaware, D.C. and Hawaii include mining & logging as well as construction.
Data for Canada’s northern territories is not available.
Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & Statistics Canada (14-10-0355-01).
Table: ConstructConnect.

Moving on to Table 2, Texas (+54,000) has managed the biggest increase in number of construction jobs y/y, followed by Florida (+49,000) and California (+36,000). But Georgia (+21,000) and Arizona (+17,000) have surpassed New York (+15,000).

Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Kentucky have experienced minor drops of less than one thousand in construction employment. New Jersey, though, has seen a substantial decline (-6,900).  

In Canada, Quebec (+6,500) has been the winner in nominal jobs creation, with B.C. (+5,400) in hot pursuit. Ontario’s performance (+1,200) has been relatively anemic.  

Table 2: U.S. and Canadian Nominal Change in Construction Employment
U.S. States – Nominal Change in Construction Employment
OCT. 2018 vs OCT. 2017 – Based on NSA Data
 
Rank State +/- No. of Workers
1 Texas 53,500
2 Florida 49,400
3 California 36,200
4 Georgia 21,300
5 Arizona 16,933
6 New York 14,800
7 Michigan 11,967
8 Washington 10,833
9 Oregon 10,167
10 North Carolina 9,800
11 Nevada 9,467
12 Indiana 9,267
13 Virginia 9,133
14 Massachusetts 9,067
15 Ohio 8,467
16 Wisconsin 8,333
17 Illinois 8,233
18 Colorado 7,567
19 Minnesota 6,700
20 Iowa 5,867
21 Connecticut 5,000
22 Pennsylvania 4,167
23 Utah 3,533
24 Tennessee 3,100
25 New Hampshire 3,067
25 New Mexico 3,067
27 Idaho 2,400
28 Alabama 2,300
29 Louisiana 2,200
30 Montana 2,033
31 West Virginia 1,933
32 Kansas 1,633
33 Delaware 1,567
34 Arkansas 1,533
35 South Dakota 1,433
35 Wyoming 1,433
37 North Dakota 1,400
38 Nebraska 1,300
39 Rhode Island 933
40 Maine 900
41 Maryland 833
42 District of Columbia 633
43 Missouri 467
44 Vermont 333
45 Alaska 200
46 Oklahoma 133
47 Hawaii 67
48 Mississippi -67
49 Puerto Rico -300
50 South Carolina -700
51 Kentucky -800
52 New Jersey -6,900
 
Canadian Provinces – Nominal change in
Construction Employment
oct. 2018 vs oct. 2017 – Based on SA Data
 
Rank Province +/- No. of Workers
1 Quebec 6,500
2 British Columbia 5,400
3 Alberta  2,700
4 Ontario 1,200
5 Saskatchewan -500
6 Atlantic Region -1,200
7 Manitoba -1,600
Figures for Delaware, D.C. and Hawaii include mining & logging as well as construction.
Data for Canada’s northern territories is not available.
Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & Statistics Canada (14-10-0355-01).
Table: ConstructConnect.

From Table 3, there have been four states with double-digit y/y percentage jumps in construction employment – Georgia (+11.5%); Arizona (+11.4%); Nevada and New Hampshire (each +11.1%).

Table 3 includes a couple of extra features, − two horizontal lines, one dashed and the other solid. The jurisdictions lying above the dashed line have recorded percentage increases faster than for the whole construction sector nationwide (+4.7%).

The jurisdictions ‘north’ of the solid line have achieved percentage-change construction jobs growth that has been more rapid than the country-wide all-jobs advance of +1.7%. (‘All jobs’ is for construction, manufacturing and a multitude of services-related activities.)

To better see the dichotomy between jurisdictions above and below the solid vertical line, click on the following link, which will lead you to two maps – "Maps – Georgia Best and New Jersey Worst for Construction Jobs Growth".

In Canada, the regional percentage increases in construction employment have been nowhere near as outsized as in the U.S. Quebec (+2.6%) has done best, followed by B.C. (+2.3%) and Alberta (+1.1%).

Ontario (+0.2%), apparently wishing to take a breather, has stepped out of the parade. Manitoba (-3.3%) has packed up its gym bag and gone home for a nap.

Table 3: U.S. and Canadian % Change in Construction Employment
U.S. States – % Change in Construction Employment
oct. 2018 vs oct. 2017 – Based on NSA Data
 
Rank State % change No. of Workers
1 Georgia 11.5%
2 Arizona 11.4%
3 Nevada 11.1%
3 New Hampshire 11.1%
5 Oregon 9.9%
6 Florida 9.8%
7 Connecticut 8.1%
8 Texas 7.4%
9 Iowa 7.3%
10 Delaware 7.0%
11 Michigan 6.9%
11 Montana 6.9%
11 Wyoming 6.9%
14 Wisconsin 6.7%
15 New Mexico 6.6%
16 Indiana 6.5%
17 South Dakota 6.0%
18 Massachusetts 5.7%
19 West Virginia 5.5%
20 Minnesota 5.2%
20 Washington 5.2%
22 Idaho 5.0%
23 North Dakota 4.8%
23 Rhode Island 4.8%
25 North Carolina 4.6%
25 Virginia 4.6%
27 Colorado 4.5%
28 California 4.3%
29 District of Columbia 4.1%
30 New York 3.7%
30 Ohio 3.7%
32 Illinois 3.5%
32 Utah 3.5%
34 Maine 3.0%
35 Arkansas 2.9%
36 Alabama 2.7%
36 Kansas 2.7%
38 Nebraska 2.5%
38 Tennessee 2.5%
40 Vermont 2.0%
41 Pennsylvania 1.6%
42 Louisiana 1.5%
43 Alaska 1.2%
44 Maryland 0.5%
45 Missouri 0.4%
46 Hawaii 0.2%
46 Oklahoma 0.2%
48 Mississippi -0.2%
49 South Carolina -0.7%
50 Kentucky -1.0%
51 Puerto Rico -1.5%
52 New Jersey -4.3%
 
Canadian Provinces – % change in
Construction Employment
oct. 2018 vs oct. 2017 – Based on SA Data
 
Rank Province % change No. of Workers
1 Quebec 2.6%
2 British Columbia 2.3%
3 Alberta  1.1%
4 Ontario 0.2%
5 Saskatchewan -1.0%
6 Atlantic Region -1.5%
7 Manitoba -3.3%
In the U.S. table, numbers above dashed line are higher than U.S. total construction jobs change of +4.7%.Numbers above solid horizontal line are higher than U.S. ‘all-jobs’ change of +1.7%.
Figures for Delaware, D.C. and Hawaii include mining & logging as well as construction.
Data for Canada’s northern territories is not available.
Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & Statistics Canada (14-10-0355-01).
Table: ConstructConnect.

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