Construction employment in Florida increased 5% in July, according to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America, though data from Gulf Coast markets were mixed.
The state tallied 359,500 construction jobs in July, up from 342,800 in July 2012, the report states. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region led the way in the statewide surge, with a gain of 11% in July over July 2012, from 53,900 jobs to 59,700 jobs. The market tied for 30th in highest percentage gain nationwide, the AGC reports. The Naples-Marco Island region, meanwhile, had a year-over-year increase of 4%, from 9,500 jobs to 9,900 jobs.
Two other regions on the Gulf Coast reported an employment decrease. The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton market slipped -3%, from 15,600 jobs to 15,100 jobs, while Cape Coral-Fort Myers fell -2% in July over July 2012, from 16,700 jobs to 16,300 jobs. The Punta Gorda region was flat, with 2,500 construction jobs.