Construction Employment Increases in 20 States from June to July
August 17, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com

Construction Employment Increases in 20 States from June to July
State
June 2012
July 2012
Percent Change
Alabama
72.6
73.0
+0.5
Alaska
12.5
12.5
0
Arizona
119.1
120.0
+0.7
Arkansas
43.9
42.1
-4.1
California
577.5
576.3
-0.2
Colorado
117.1
116.9
-0.2
Connecticut
50.1
48.6
-3.0
Delaware
18.0
18.1
+0.6
Florida
309.4
308.8
-0.2
Georgia
139.6
137.9
-1.2
Hawaii
27.6
28.4
+3.0
Idaho
29.8
29.4
-1.3
Illinois
184.5
185.1
+0.3
Indiana
125.5
127.9
+1.9
Iowa
66.4
65.2
-1.8
Kansas
53.3
53.6
+0.6
Kentucky
65.4
64.8
-0.9
Louisiana
122.0
121.6
-0.3
Maine
23.6
23.2
-1.7
Maryland
146.3
145.6
-0.5
Massachusetts
102.4
103.3
+0.9
Michigan
118.3
119.3
+0.8
Minnesota
93.5
92.9
-0.6
Mississippi
43.7
43.6
-0.2
Missouri
97.7
94.0
-3.8
Montana
25.9
25.0
-3.5
Nebraska
45.5
45.3
-0.4
Nevada
49.1
47.8
-2.6
New Hampshire
22.0
21.6
-1.8
New Jersey
125.5
122.8
-2.2
New Mexico
42.8
42.4
-0.9
New York
294.6
297.3
+0.9
North Carolina
171.1
171.3
+0.1
North Dakota
27.4
27.6
+0.7
Ohio
180.4
176.1
-2.4
Oklahoma
67.2
67.8
+1.0
Oregon
68.8
70.0
+1.7
Pennsylvania
218.5
217.5
-0.5
Rhode Island
15.7
16.3
+3.8
South Carolina
75.7
74.6
-1.5
South Dakota
20.0
19.7
-1.5
Tennessee
115.4
116.1
+0.6
Texas
582.2
582.4
+0.3
Utah
65.6
65.6
0
Virginia
177.1
177.0
-0.1
Wisconsin
82.4
82.2
-0.2
Wyoming
19.8
20.1
+1.5
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 20 U.S. states from the month of June to July 2012. The largest increase was seen in Rhode Island, where those employed in construction rose from 15.7 thousand to 16.3 thousand—an increase of 3.8 percent.

Other states showing sizable increases included Hawaii, where the number of construction-related employees rose from 27.6 thousand in June to 28.4 thousand in July—an increase of 3.0 percent. Likewise, West Virginia saw a 2.6 percent increase from 34.9 thousand in June to 35.8 thousand in July.

The greatest drop in the United States was seen in Arkansas, where the number of construction employees dropped from 43.9 thousand in June to 42.1 thousand in July—a fall of 4.1 percent.

Missouri was close behind, with a 3.8 percent decrease from 97.7 thousand to 94.0 thousand.

Texas currently holds the nation's record for largest number employed in the construction industry—with 582.2 thousand in June and 582.4 thousand in July, an increase of 0.3 percent.

Construction employment in Alaska and Utah remained stable with no changes for the period in question.

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