Construction employment grows in most U.S. states

In a time of some uncertainty within various trades, construction has begun to stand out as one of the U.S.'s better-performing sectors. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 34 American states and the District of Columbia have demonstrated year-over-year job growth within the field between August 2016 and August 2017.

Additionally, 30 states added jobs in a more immediate time frame - between July and August 2017.

California and Florida saw the most positions created in the sector in the past 12 months, with 47,400 and 35,000 jobs added during that time, respectively. Within the last month, Maryland took the lead, adding 3,200 jobs between July and August, with Florida again coming in second at 3,100.

Ken Simonson, the AGC's chief economist, elaborated on the rapid pace at which Americans were being hired in this sector.

"Firms in most states are expanding their headcount to keep pace with growing demand for many types of construction projects," Simonson said in his organization's release announcing the numbers. 

The U.S. saw a total of 28,000 construction jobs added during August 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase surprised some, as it came on the heels of five months during which the sector did not experience any statistically significant changes. 

Construction employment grows in most U.S. states