R.I. construction employment growth ranks No. 18 in the nation in Jan.

RHODE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION employment increased 4.9 percent year over year to 19,300 jobs in January. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
RHODE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION employment increased 4.9 percent year over year to 19,300 jobs in January. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – Seasonally adjusted Rhode Island construction employment increased 4.9 percent year over year in January to 19,300, according to the Associated General Contractors of America Monday.

Rhode Island’s construction employment growth rate ranked No. 18 in the nation and was second in New England.

West Virginia ranked No. 1 for highest construction growth rate year over year in January at 51.6 percent growth to 51,400 workers in the sector. Connecticut had the highest year-over-year construction employment growth rate in New England at 11 percent, from 57,400 to 63,700 employed.

California added the most construction jobs over the year of any state, increasing employment by 28,500 jobs to a total of 870,200 workers in the sector.

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New England year-over-year construction employment changes for January

  • Connecticut: 11 percent growth to 63,700 workers
  • Rhode Island: 4.9 percent growth to 19,300 workers
  • New Hampshire: 4.5 percent growth to 27,900 employed
  • Massachusetts: 1 percent growth to 156,300 employed
  • Maine: 4.5 percent decline to 27,800 workers
  • Vermont: 4.6 percent decline to 14,600 construction employment

“Contractors began 2019 by adding employees in nearly all parts of the country,” said AGCA chief economist Ken Simonson in prepared remarks. “These figures are consistent with the optimism contractors expressed about workloads and hiring plans in our association’s recent survey. But finding workers to execute those projects is likely to be an ongoing challenge.”