While the increase in employment levels is exciting, it’s not the full story.
Last year, California’s average annual pay in the construction industry increased by 4.70% and Hawaii increased by 6.19%–making it the highest average annual pay for construction workers ever recorded in Hawaii.
Employment in construction in California has risen just 2.81% in the last year (for a total of 769,400 construction employees) while, employment in mining, logging, and construction in Hawaii has increased just 1.82% (for a total of 39,200 employees).
So what does this mean? The numbers tell us it’s becoming more and more difficult to find skilled labor in the California region. Businesses are paying more than ever to attract and retain the talent they need.
This past year, new private housing units authorized by building permits in California increased by 13.83% while the numbers in Hawaii decreased by 26.79%.
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