Construction employment in North Carolina increased 8.8 percent in May compared with a year ago, the fourth-largest percentage leap in the country, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
Construction firms in in the state put 15,600 more people to work during the year ending in May, the fifth-most of any state. Month over month, 1,900 jobs were created in May, a 1.3 percent increase from April.
Year over year, 40 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs in May. From April to May, 28 states and Washington, D.C., added jobs.
“Although most states are adding construction workers, only five have exceeded pre-recession employment peaks, and all five slipped in May,” said Ken Simonson, the AGC’s chief economist, in a statement. “This shows that the industry’s recovery remains vulnerable to a downturn in government investment in infrastructure as well as market forces.”
Only Idaho, Washington state and Michigan had higher year-over-year growth rates than North Carolina. Construction employment increased 11.8 percent in Idaho, 11.6 percent in Washington and 10.7 percent in Michigan in May compared with a year ago.
California added more jobs in May compared with the previous year than any other state, with 46,600, a 6.9 percent increase. Florida added the second most,28,200, a 7.2 percent increase; followed by Texas with 20,300, a 3.1 percent increase; and Washington with 18,100, an 11.6 percent increase.