3. South Dakota
Construction industry employment in South Dakota dropped 2.9 percent in the last year. This could be due to the fact that fewer people are available to work in the industry, rather than a lack of available work.
In April, the Associated General Contractors of America reported that the state added about 1,000 construction jobs in the previous month, but the Associated Press reported that despite the demand, the construction industry was experiencing a shortage of workers.
“We’re busy as can be,” Corey Johnson, president of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, told the AP in April. But “we could use more people to help us get through this busy time.”