Construction Employment Rebounds in October

November 24th, 2015 by Editor

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Construction employment change by state. [Courtesy of Associated General Contractors of America.]

Construction job growth bounced back in October, as 43 states and the District of Columbia recorded employment increases from a year earlier. Meanwhile, 35 states added construction jobs in the past month, according to analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

“Construction job gains were more widespread than at any time since last February,” says Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist. “Several states that had recently experienced year-over-year job losses began adding workers, while net employment gains accelerated in numerous other states.”

California added the most new construction jobs (49,800 jobs, 7.3 percent) between October 2014 and October 2015. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include New York (21,900 jobs, 6.4 percent), Florida (18,700 jobs, 4.6 percent) and Washington (11,500 jobs, 7.0 percent). Arkansas (18.1 percent, 8,200 jobs) added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Idaho (12.2 percent, 4,400 jobs), Kansas (11.7 percent, 6,900 jobs) and Nevada (11.2 percent, 7,100 jobs).

Seven states shed construction jobs during the past 12 months. West Virginia (-17.3 percent, -5,800 jobs) lost the highest percent and total number of construction jobs. Other states that lost a high percentage of jobs for the year include Rhode Island (-5.6 percent, -900 jobs) and Minnesota (-3.5 percent, -3,800 jobs).

New York (7,800 jobs, 2.2 percent) added the most construction jobs between September and October. Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include California (7,600 jobs, 1.0 percent), Ohio (5,800 jobs, 3.1 percent) and Colorado (4,100 jobs, 2.7 percent). Idaho (4.6 percent, 1,800 jobs) and Montana (4.6 percent, 1,100 jobs) both added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month, followed by Rhode Island (3.4 percent, 500 jobs), Hawaii (3.3 percent, 1,100 jobs) and Ohio.

Thirteen states lost construction jobs during the past month. Florida (-5,500 jobs, -1.3 percent) shed more construction jobs than any other state, followed by Pennsylvania (-4,200 jobs, -1.7 percent) and Minnesota (-2,200 jobs, -2.1 percent). Alaska (-4.8 percent, -900 jobs) lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between September and October, followed by West Virginia (-3.1 percent, -900 jobs) and Minnesota.

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