Construction employment grows by 2,400 jobs in Southwest Florida

Construction employment in Southwest Florida increased by 2,400 jobs in June, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported, citing data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. 

In the Sarasota-Manatee area, construction employment expanded by 1,900 positions, representing 9 percent growth. Some 500 jobs were added in Charlotte County, marking 13 percent growth.  

"Finding new ways to fund and finance needed infrastructure repairs will help ensure that construction job growth remains both widespread and robust," said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of AGCA. "More important, modernizing our aging and overused public works will make our economy more efficient and help boost overall economic growth."

The state has made headlines for its strengthening employment situation. Florida is tied with Georgia for the fastest rate of private-sector job growth among the 10 most populous states in the U.S. in the last year, according to a press release. The state's private-sector job growth rate has also surpassed the national rate for 63 consecutive months. 

"I am proud that Florida continues to lead the nation's largest states in job growth, which is sending a message across the country that our state is the best place for businesses to grow and for families to find great jobs," said Gov. Rick Scott.

Employment grew by 9 percent in Sarasota-Manatee and 13 percent in Charlotte County.