Ever since the U.S. emerged from the Great Recession, construction has been on the rise — and in some urban areas, it is booming.
An increase in residential and commercial projects — combined with an aging population of construction workers — has resulted in about 200,000 open construction jobs throughout the country, according to a recent article on the National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing website.
That’s a concern for many employers scrambling to fill existing vacancies and complete projects, according to the NAHB. For job seekers, it’s an opportunity.
There is an array of specialty jobs in construction – from laborers to workers who specialize in brickwork, framing, drywall and more. In this post, to provide a snapshot of the market in different parts of the country, we’ve ranked the states by the mean hourly wage for construction laborers, from lowest to highest, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. A ranking of pay for specialized trade workers may line up a bit differently (and you can look up many of them on the bureau’s website for more details) but this offers a big picture.
We’ve also collected news about housing, commercial construction and state economies to provide a look at which states might offer the best job prospects for construction workers.
Find out where your state ranks and where you might have better prospects: