Nearly half of U.S. states added construction workers in April

Despite a continued labor shortage in the industry, from March to April, 21 states added new jobs in construction, reported Construction Dive.

The insights that came from the Associated General Contractors of America's analysis of Department of Labor data found that the state of California added the most positions, creating some 7,200 jobs in April. The west-coast state also took the top spot for the number of year-over-year jobs added, at 38,000.

For the country as a whole, 39 states added jobs year-over-year. The number of states to add employment in April was up by four from the month previous.

However, numerous states also lost jobs in the construction field between March and April, according to Construction & Demolition Recycling. Many states are having trouble finding qualified workers.

"Demand for construction remains robust, so it is likely that a number of the monthly employment declines are being caused by a lack of workers instead of a lack of work," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the AGC association. "If the labor market remains tight, firms may have to adjust their business practices as they shift limited personnel from one project to the next."

As Construction Dive reported, industry leaders are continuing their efforts to push lawmakers on passing the Perkins Act - a program that would provide grants for technical education programs that would help to recruit more talent.

The struggle to find qualified construction workers various across states.