Miami contractors are having a hard time finding available construction workers to hire for their projects. There are currently over 7,499 residential units under construction in Downtown Miami and Miami new construction was up 18% from July 2015 to July 2016. 14,700 units are under construction in South Florida with over 30,000 in the planning and pre-sales phase. The shortage in the supply of workers has led to an rise in pay as contractors scramble to attract new workers. The state of Florida added over 26,400 construction jobs, up 6% over last year the 2nd rank in the U.S., behind only California. Groundbreakings in Miami were up 83% over 2015 to about $576 million.