Of the 43 states in America that added construction jobs last month, Florida experienced the most year-over-year growth, with 34,700 new positions, Orlando Business Journal reported, based on a data analysis conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. This uptick marked a 7.5 percent year-over-year increase and was followed by California, Texas and Louisiana - with 16,500, 14,200 and 13,500 added jobs, respectively.
"A combination of solid demand and unseasonably mild weather added to construction employment in more states than usual in February," AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson explained, according to the source. "But conditions vary widely. Five states set new records for construction employment, while more than half the states are still at least 10 percent below their all-time highs."
Orlando Business Journal noted that, during the past year, the state to see the highest percentage of new construction jobs was Rhode Island, with 2,200 jobs added at a 12.2 percent employment increase. Closely behind were Idaho, at 10.4 percent, and Oregon, at 10 percent.
Construction Dive reported that five of the 43 states that added construction jobs over the past year have hit record highs in February.