Florida’s Construction Workforce Strong Against National Shortage


Despite a nation-wide shortage, Florida’s construction workforce remains relatively strong. Among 42 states that have added construction jobs over the past year, Florida had some of the highest growth numbers. With 31,000 jobs added between May 2016 and May 2017, Florida followed only California in number of construction jobs added.

Despite high numbers in Florida’s construction workforce, overall, year-over-year growth percentages remain weak across the country. Many states are experiencing a severe lack of skilled construction labor, leading to delayed project completions.

In contrast to the workforce shortage resulting from the housing market collapse in 2008, this labor shortage appears to stem from an increasingly shallow pool of skilled labor. In fact, private-sector construction projects remain in high-demand, according to a Florida Trend report. This can only mean that there is no one available to actually work on the projects coming down the pipeline.

Florida’s Construction Workforce by the Numbers

  • Overall number of construction jobs added between May 2016-2017: 31,000
  • Year-over-year job growth percentage: 6.6%
  • Wages (Florida Department of Labor):
    • Average hourly wage: $18.75
    • Average annual salary: $38,990

National Construction Outlook

President Trump has stated his intention to reinvigorate the nation’s infrastructure, but this can’t be accomplished without a ready pool of qualified workers.

As many construction employers struggle to find skilled labor, legislators and policymakers are pushing for changes to promote the construction industry. They are calling for measures to expand and training and education for young people. This includes a renewed investment in technical schools and apprenticeships, with more initiatives in place to make the construction industry a desirable field.


For a more in-depth look at Florida’s construction workforce statistics, check out the Florida Dept. of Labor analysis.

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