Florida communities have reported widely diverging changes in statewide Florida construction employment from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 until July this year. Overall employment levels were flat — but the actual story on the ground varies dramatically depending on where you are.

For example, the Miami area lost 4,900 construction jobs (a 9% decline), while the much smaller market area of Port St. Lucie gained 1,400 jobs (11% increase). Employment grew 6% in Jacksonville, while it declined by 2% in the Orlando area.

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Tom is a construction estimator with over 35 years of experience in the industry from field work to general contracting.

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