Construction industry boosts employment in Florida

Job growth is going strong in the state of Florida. Although the jobless rate did not change in the most recent month - July 2017 saw 4.1 percent unemployment, just like June - metrics for year-over-year expansion are undeniably positive. During the past 12 months, Florida added 226,000 nonagricultural jobs.

According to Florida Trend, the construction field is responsible for a significant portion of that growth, on a monthly and annual basis. Between June and July 2017, the Sunshine State saw 5,500 jobs created among construction businesses, and has added 35,800 positions within the past calendar year. 

Only California exceeds Florida's construction job growth, with 51,000 jobs added in the last 12 months and 8,200 positions created in July 2017.

The sector is not expanding all over the U.S., as only 36 states saw growth over the past year in this field, but many of those that are benefiting from it are seeing sizable jumps of well over 10,000 positions created, even in less populous states like Oregon. 

Data released earlier in August by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that on a nationwide level, the construction sector neither grew nor contracted. 

Construction industry bolsters employment in Florida