Despite some recent increases, the COVID-19 pandemic cost Texas thousands of construction jobs in 2020.

The Lone Star State led the country in falling construction employment, according to a new report from Associated General Contractors of America. In December there were 33,600 jobs in the construction industry less than 12 months earlier.

New York and Ohio were next on the list of US markets with the greatest decline in construction jobs. Virginia saw the largest increase in employment in construction last year, with 11,300 jobs.

The huge annual job loss in Texas came even though the state had created 3,100 construction jobs in December.

“While most states saw construction job gains in December, the pickup is likely to be temporary for many,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the general contracting group, in the report. “Participants in our association’s most recent survey of attitudes and business prospects expect the dollar volume of most of the available project types to bid on will decline in 2021.”

Business in Texas has slowed this year despite the home construction market seeing a surge in new starts.