Construction Employment: Faster Growth in the West and the Midwest

Based on the Regional and State Employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall construction employment is growing relatively faster in states in the West and the Midwest.

The amount of housing supplied through home building depends on both supply and demand considerations. Housing demand supports rental and owner-occupied demand. On the other side of the marketplace, housing supply is dependent, in part, on the ability of builders to obtain and contract with workers. These employment effects in turn generate economic benefits for local economies.



NAHB analysis of November regional employment data from the BLS shows that states with the highest annual growth rates of total construction employment are Hawaii (12.46%), Nevada (12.34%), South Dakota (12.27%), Arkansas (12.04%) , Idaho (11.44%), and Iowa (9.34%). The

Construction employment is improving. 44 states and District of Columbia experienced positive year-over-year changes in construction employment in November, whereas only 36 states plus District of Columbia had an increase in construction employment in August. More than 75% of states reported a month-over-month gain in construction employment in November, with the largest increase in South Dakota (5.56%).


Regional employment is an important element of determining housing demand. The BLS state level data shows that all but five states reported an annual gain in payroll employment, except Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, and North Dakota. The top three states with the largest gains are Idaho (4.19%), Utah (3.55%), and Florida (3.02%).

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