Construction Employment Rises in 23 States from July to August
September 28, 2012

by Kaitlan Mitchell, kmitchell@glass.com

Construction Employment Increases in 20 States from June to July
State
July 2012
August 2012
Percent Change
Alabama
72.7
74.6
+2.6
Alaska
12.5
12.1
-3.2
Arizona
120.2
119.7
-0.4
Arkansas
41.9
43.9
+4.8
California
575.7
580.8
+0.9
Colorado
117.4
116.9
-0.4
Connecticut
48.7
47.4
-2.7
Delaware
18.1
18.0
-0.6
Florida
309.3
314.6
+1.7
Georgia
139.6
137.9
-0.2
Hawaii
28.4
29.2
-0.8
Idaho
29.2
29.6
+1.4
Illinois
185.0
183.5
-0.8
Indiana
128.4
130.6
+1.7
Iowa
64.6
62.9
-2.6
Kansas
53.6
52.7
-1.7
Kentucky
64.9
65.1
+0.3
Louisiana
122.1
121.6
-0.4
Maine
23.2
23.0
-0.9
Maryland
146.0
145.9
-0.1
Massachusetts
103.4
102.0
-1.3
Michigan
119.3
119.8
+0.4
Minnesota
94.1
92.8
-0.1
Mississippi
43.5
44.7
+2.8
Missouri
94.5
96.1
+1.7
Montana
25.4
24.9
-0.5
Nebraska
45.4
45.0
-0.9
Nevada
47.8
46.7
-2.3
New Hampshire
21.6
21.4
-0.9
New Jersey
123.7
123.1
-0.5
New Mexico
42.5
39.6
-6.8
New York
297.2
297.5
+0.1
North Carolina
170.9
167.5
-2.0
North Dakota
27.5
27.4
-0.4
Ohio
177.2
179.8
-1.5
Oklahoma
68.1
69.8
+2.5
Oregon
69.7
70.3
+0.9
Pennsylvania
217.8
214.5
-1.5
Rhode Island
16.3
16.6
+1.8
South Carolina 74.7
75.6
+1.2
South Dakota
19.6
19.2
-2.0
Tennessee
115.9
117.5
+1.4
Texas
583.6
597.2
+2.3
Utah
65.3
66.6
+2.0
Virginia
177.6
175.0
-1.5
Wisconsin
82.1
82.2
+0.1
Wyoming
20.1
20.4
+0.3
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics latest employment report shows an increase of construction employment in 23 states from July to August.  In comparison, only 20 states showed employment growth from June to July in construction-related industries.

Among notable increases, Arkansas saw a 4.8 percent increase—from 41,900 in July to 43,900 in August employed in construction-related jobs. Another significant increase occurred in Alabama, where construction-related employment rose 2.6 percent, from 72,700 in July to 74,600 in August.

New Mexico saw the largest drop in construction-related employment for the month, with a 6.8 percent decrease from 42,500 to 39,600.

 

 

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