Construction Employment Rises in 27 States from September to October
December 11, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com

Construction Employees by State (in thousands)

State

September 2012

October 2012

Percent Change

Alabama

73.7

74.7

+1.4

Alaska

12.6

13.8

+9.5

Arizona

117.1

117.7

+0.5

Arkansas

44.1

42.8

-2.9

California

575.1

579.2

+0.7

Colorado

117.3

116.6

-0.6

Connecticut

48.3

48.2

-0.2

Delaware

17.7

17.8

+0.6

Florida

317.4

317.7

+0.1

Georgia

138.9

140.6

+1.2

Hawaii

28.7

29.0

+1.0

Idaho

30.7

30.0

-2.3

Illinois

184.1

185.1

+0.5

Indiana

130.8

130.3

-0.4

Iowa

65.2

65.7

+0.8

Kansas

53.2

53.5

+0.6

Kentucky

65.2

63.8

+2.1

Louisiana

121.8

120.3

-1.2

Maine

23.9

24.2

+1.3

Maryland

147.2

149.5

+1.6

Massachusetts

103.1

105.5

+2.3

Michigan

122.9

118.4

-3.7

Minnesota

93.5

94.7

+1.3

Mississippi

44.9

46.3

+3.1

Missouri

100.3

100.5

+0.2

Montana

25.7

25.4

-1.2

Nebraska

45.3

45.2

-0.2

Nevada

47.9

47.8

-0.2

New Hampshire

21.9

21.9

0.0

New Jersey

121.9

118.4

-2.8

New Mexico

39.9

40.2

+0.8

New York

298.5

294.2

-1.4

North Carolina

168.2

169.2

+0.6

North Dakota

27.5

28.1

+2.2

Ohio

179.6

177.7

-1.1

Oklahoma

69.8

69.0

-1.1

Oregon

70.4

68.4

-2.8

Pennsylvania

215.4

214.3

-0.5

Rhode Island

16.5

16.2

-1.8

South Carolina

74.5

74.8

-0.4

South Dakota

19.6

20.0

+2.0

Tennessee

119.1

118.5

-0.5

Texas

589.8

603.4

+2.3

Utah

66.5

65.5

-1.5

Vermont

13.6

13.7

+0.7

Virginia

175.1

176.3

+0.7

Washington

141.3

141.4

+0.1

West Virginia

36.2

35.8

-1.1

Wisconsin

175.1

176.3

+0.7

Wyoming

20.2

20.5

+1.5

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 27 U.S. states from the month of September 2012 to October 2012. The largest increase was seen in Alaska, where those employed in construction rose from 12.6 thousand to 13.8 thousand—an increase of 9.5 percent.

Additionally, Mississippi saw a rise in construction-related employment from 44.9 thousand to 46.3 thousand—a 3.1-percent gain. Other states showing sizable increases included Massachusetts, where the number of construction-related employees rose from 103.1 thousand in September to 105.5 thousand, a rise of 2.3 percent. Texas also saw a 2.3-percent increase from 589.8 thousand to 603.4 thousand.

The greatest drop in the United States was seen in Michigan, where the number of construction-related employees dropped from 122.9 thousand in September to 118.4 thousand in October—a fall of 3.7 percent.




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