Twenty-Two States and D.C. Add Construction Jobs Between May 2010 and 2011
June 20, 2011

Construction employment growth remained sluggish and uneven in May as nearly half - 22 states plus the District of Columbia - added jobs over the past year while the remaining states all lost construction jobs, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of state employment data released by the Labor Department. Association officials said the figures reflect the fact that industry-wide employment has stagnated as the result of tepid demand for most private construction and declines in public construction.

Of the 23 locations with year-over-year increases, the largest percentage gains occurred in Michigan (5.2 percent, 6,300 jobs); followed by Hawaii (4.2 percent, 1,200 jobs); Texas (4.1 percent, 23,200 jobs); Tennessee (4.0 percent, 4,200 jobs); and the District of Columbia (3.8 percent, 400 jobs). Texas, Michigan, Illinois (5,900 jobs, 3.0 percent), Tennessee and Indiana (2,700 jobs, 2.3 percent) added the largest number of jobs.

Of the 27 states with decreases over the year, the largest percentage drop in construction employment took place in Nevada (-10.8 percent, -6,500 jobs); followed by Rhode Island (-10.0 percent, -1,600 jobs); Georgia (-8.5 percent, -12,700 jobs); Vermont (-7.9 percent, -1,100 jobs); and Colorado (-7.7 percent, -8,900 jobs). Florida (-14,300 jobs, -4.1 percent) lost the largest number of jobs; followed by Georgia; Colorado; North Carolina (-8,000 jobs, -4.5 percent); and Maryland (-6,700 jobs, -4.6 percent).

Construction employment was unchanged for the month in the District of Columbia. South Dakota had the largest percentage rise (7.4 percent, 1,400 jobs); followed by Hawaii (6.0 percent, 1,700 jobs); Kansas (3.9 percent, 2,100 jobs); Michigan (3.2 percent, 3,900 jobs); and Minnesota (2.8 percent, 2,200 jobs). Florida (4,100 jobs, 1.2 percent) added the largest number of jobs; followed by Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, and Colorado (2,000 jobs, 1.9 percent).

The largest monthly percentage losses occurred in Alaska (-4.9 percent, -800 jobs); followed by Rhode Island (-4.0 percent, -600 jobs); Wyoming (-3.8 percent, -900 jobs); South Carolina (-3.3 percent, -2,600 jobs) and Idaho (-3.0 percent, -900 jobs). The largest number of construction job losses over the month was in California (-5,000 jobs, -0.9 percent); Maryland (-3,100 jobs, -2.2 percent); South Carolina, Ohio (-2,500 jobs, -1.5 percent) and Pennsylvania (-2,400 jobs, -1.1 percent).

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