Nevada had the nation’s seventh highest percentage gain in construction jobs from April 2014 through last month, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Wednesday.
The number of construction jobs in Nevada grew by 5,700 from 62,000 to 67,700, representing a 9.2 percent increase.
Included was a gain of 2,200 construction jobs from March to April, a 3.4 percent increase that was fourth highest in the nation.
But Nevada still has a long way to go to recoup the construction jobs lost during the last economic recession.
“Contractors are struggling to find workers with the right skills in states that had really deep losses in construction employment, such as Nevada, where employment remains 51 percent below the peak set in June 2006,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.
Idaho led the nation with a 12.4 percent increase in construction jobs over the past year. On the opposite end of the spectrum was West Virginia, which lost 13.1 percent of its construction positions.
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