A new study of residential construction employment for 2017.
A new National Association of Home Builders study examines home building employment., including self-employed workers by state.
Out of 10.3 million people working in construction in 2017, more than 4 million people worked in residential construction, accounting for 2.6% of the US employed civilian labor force.AskTheContactors.com Show Prep
Despite steady job gains since 2011, the industry employment levels remain far below the peaks reached during the housing boom when more than 11 million worked in construction, and home building employed more than 5 million people, including self-employed workers.
California has most residential construction workers
Not surprisingly, the most populous state—California—also has the most residential construction workers. Over 586,000 California residents worked in home building in 2017, accounting for over 3.1% of the state employed labor force.
Florida comes in second
…with close to 380,000 residential construction workers.
Florida has fewer residents than Texas, but as many as New York. Some point to its large vacation and seasonal housing inventory.
In Florida, residential construction workers account for a relatively high 4.0% of the employed state labor. Even though this share is well above the national average (2.6%), it is drastically lower than in 2006. That’s when Florida registered the highest share among all 50 states and the District of Columbia.