Construction Employment Declines in 49 States
and D.C. Compared to September 2008
October 22, 2009
Construction employment again declined in large numbers in all but
one state in September compared to last year according to an analysis
of new state-by-state employment figures released today by the federal
government. The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors
of America (AGC), also found that the number of states gaining construction
jobs from August to September 2009 declined after increasing during
the two previous months.
"While there's little doubt construction employment would have
been worse without the stimulus, there's no question that the industry
continues to shed jobs at an alarming rate," says Ken Simonson,
AGC chief economist. "The stimulus remains an important measure,
but until private-sector demand for construction resumes, there's
little chance the current construction employment decline will turnaround
or even stop."
The five biggest percentage losses in construction employment over
the year occurred in Nevada (27.8 percent, or 31,100 jobs), Arizona
(25.3 percent, or 45,900 jobs), Michigan (22.3 percent, or 15,700
jobs), Tennessee (21.5 percent, or 28,400 jobs) and Kentucky (19.5
percent or 16,500 jobs). Louisiana was the only state to see growth
during the past year, with a 2.1 percent increase, totaling 2,800
Simonson adds that when compared to the previous month, the construction
employment picture deteriorated slightly this September with 36
states shedding construction jobs, 13 (including Washington, D.C.)
adding construction jobs and two states remaining stable, compared
to 30 states losing, 16 adding and 5 (including D.C.) remaining
stable in August.
The largest monthly percentage gains were a 2.4 percent rise in
Connecticut (1,200 jobs); 1.7 percent each in Oklahoma (1,200 jobs)
and the District of Columbia (200 jobs), 1.5 percent in Alabama
(1,300 jobs) and 1.4 percent in New Hampshire (300 jobs).
The largest percentage losses for the month were a 4.1-percent decline
in Nevada (3,500 jobs) and Arkansas (2,200 jobs), a 3.2-percent
decline in North Dakota (700 jobs), a 3- percent decline in Florida
(12,800 jobs) and 2.8-percent declines each in Michigan (3,400 jobs),
New York (9,500 jobs) and New Jersey (4,000 jobs).
(Note: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics combines construction
with mining and logging in seven locations to prevent disclosing
information about industries with few employees.)
HERE to see a table of state construction employment data.
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