The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate was down 2.6% in June 2021 from a year ago and 45 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors.
Although not back to pre-pandemic levels, both overall employment and construction employment has demonstrated significant improvement during the past year, ABC said.
The states with the lowest June 2021 estimated NSA construction unemployment rates from lowest to highest were:
- Nebraska, 1.4%
- Idaho, 1.8%
- Utah, 2%
- Georgia, 2.7%
- South Dakota, 2.9%
The states with the highest June 2021 estimated NSA construction unemployment rates from lowest to highest were:
- California and West Virginia (tie), 11.3%
- New York, 12.3%
- New Mexico, 13.5%
- New Jersey, 13.6%
All of these states were in the bottom five in May, according to the data.