A report from the Associated General Contractors of America revealed that construction employment has increased across the nation both over the month and in the past year. The release, based on data from the Department of Labor showed job growth in 39 states since July 2013 and in 34 states in June 2014.
In the last month, Delaware had the largest percentage increase of construction jobs, adding 5.7 percent to its workforce. The state's performance was also strong over the year, gaining the second-most at 13.3 percent.
Nevada's 13.4 percent increase in construction workers was the largest gain from July 2013 to 2014. After Delaware, Florida had the third-highest employment increase, adding 11.1 percent. Florida led in total number of jobs gained in the year, with 40,600.
The rise in the sector's employment stems at least partially from a recent upswing in home construction. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.1 percent more residential building permits were issued in July than in June of this year, while 7.7 percent more were issued compared to July 2013. Actual housing starts grew 15.7 percent in the last month and 21.7 percent over the year.