Florida construction employment grows by 3% in 2021, with local variations

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Florida’s construction employment statewide increased by 3% in the year ending Dec. 31, 2021, but there were significant local variations, ranging from an 11% increase in Punta Gorda to a much more modest 1% improvement in the Miami area.

Here are details by locality, as reported by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America on Feb. 2

Data includes Dec. 2020, Dec. 2021, 12-month change, 12-month percentage, national rank

  • Statewide Construction 561,100 580,700 19,600 3%
  • Statewide Mining, Logging, and Construction 566,600 586,300 19,700 3%
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers Mining, Logging, and Construction 34,200 35,800 1,600 5% 105
  • Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin Mining, Logging, and Construction 6,800 7,000 200 3% 160
  • Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Mining, Logging, and Construction 14,900 15,400 500 3% 160
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Construction 48,900 52,200 3,300 7% 56
  • Gainesville Mining, Logging, and Construction 6,100 6,700 600 10% 24
  • Jacksonville Construction 47,500 49,800 2,300 5% 105
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven Mining, Logging, and Construction 15,500 15,700 200 1% 212
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Construction 51,100 51,500 400 1% 212
  • Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island Mining, Logging, and Construction 17,800 18,000 200 1% 212
  • North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Mining, Logging, and Construction 27,300 28,500 1,200 4% 130
  • Ocala Mining, Logging, and Construction 8,700 9,200 500 6% 83
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Construction 83,600 88,000 4,400 5% 105
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville Mining, Logging, and Construction 16,700 17,100 400 2% 192
  • Panama City Mining, Logging, and Construction 7,100 7,500 400 6% 83
  • Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Mining, Logging, and Construction 11,900 12,900 1,000 8% 41
  • Port St. Lucie Mining, Logging, and Construction 12,300 13,100 800 7% 56
  • Punta Gorda Mining, Logging, and Construction 4,400 4,900 500 11% 18
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach Mining, Logging, and Construction 4,500 4,900 400 9% 31
  • Tallahassee Mining, Logging, and Construction 8,200 8,800 600 7% 56
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Construction 84,400 86,800 2,400 3% 160
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray BeachConstruction 37,900 40,100 2,200 6% 83

Nationally, construction employment increased in nearly two out of three U.S. metro areas in 2021, the AGC said in a statement, citing new government employment data. Yet association officials noted that labor shortages likely kept many firms from adding even more workers.

“Construction employment topped year-earlier levels in almost two-thirds of metros for the past few months,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But contractors in many areas say they would have hired even more workers if qualified candidates were available.”

Job openings in construction totaled 273,000 at the end of December, an increase of 62,000 or nearly 30 percent from December 2020, according to the government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. That figure exceeded the 220,000 employees that construction firms were able to hire in December, implying firms would have added over twice as many workers if they had been able to fill all openings, Simonson pointed out.

Construction employment rose in 231 or 65 percent of 358 metro areas in 2021. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas added the most construction jobs (8,800 jobs, 4 percent), followed by Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill. (6,500 jobs, 5 percent) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (6,300 jobs, 4 percent). Sioux Falls, S.D. had the highest percentage gain (24 percent, 2,100 jobs), followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (18 percent, 3,000 jobs) and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (18 percent, 900 jobs).

Construction employment declined from a year earlier in 76 metros and was flat in 51. Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y. lost the most jobs (-5,700 or -7 percent), followed by New York City (-4,200 jobs, -3 percent) and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. (-3,800 jobs, -5 percent). The largest percentage declines were in Evansville, Ind.-Ky. (-18 percent, -1,700 jobs); Napa, Calif. (-15 percent, -600 jobs); Anchorage, Alaska (-14 percent, -1,400 jobs); and Lewiston, Idaho-Wash. (-13 percent, -200 jobs). Seven areas set all-time lows for December, while 57 metros reached new December highs for construction jobs.

Association officials said that the growing number of job openings in the industry was a clear sign that labor shortages are getting worse. They noted that the association’s recently released 2022 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook found that 83 percent of contractors report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire. They urged Congress and the Biden administration to boost funding for career and technical education to help recruit and prepare more people for high-paying construction careers.

“For every dollar the federal government currently invests in career and technical education, it spends six urging students to attend college and work in an office,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Narrowing that funding gap will help more people understand that there are multiple paths to success.”

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