Construction Employment Down for Month, Up for Year

Construction employment declined in 25 states from May to June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). However, 39 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between June 2014 and June 2015.

Illinois (-4,700 jobs, -2.2 percent) shed the most construction jobs for the month, followed by New Jersey (-4,600 jobs, -3.0 percent) and Ohio (-3,700 jobs, -1.9 percent). Rhode Island (-4.5 percent, -700 jobs) lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between May and June, followed by Vermont (-3.3 percent, -500 jobs) and New Jersey.

New York (3,300 jobs, 0.9 percent) added the most construction jobs. Other states adding a high number of construction jobs included Minnesota (2,600 jobs, 2.4 percent) and Connecticut (2,200 jobs, 3.8 percent). Delaware (4.3 percent, 900 jobs) added the highest percentage of jobs during the past month followed by Connecticut, Hawaii (3.7 percent, 1,200 jobs) and Arkansas (3.5 percent, 1,700 jobs).

West Virginia (-12.8 percent, -4,300 jobs) lost the highest percent of construction jobs. Other states that lost a high percentage of jobs for the year included Rhode Island (-9.6 percent, -1,600 jobs); Mississippi (-7.9 percent, -3,900 jobs) and Ohio (-7.9 percent, -3,900 jobs). The largest job losses occurred in Ohio, West Virginia and Mississippi.

California added more new construction jobs (47,000 jobs, 7.0 percent) between June 2014 and June 2015. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs over the year included Florida (25,200 jobs, 6.4 percent), Texas (18,900 jobs, 2.9 percent), Washington (15,300 jobs, 9.7 percent) and Michigan (14,000 jobs, 9.8 percent). Idaho (12.9 percent, 4,600 jobs) added the highest percentage of jobs during the past year, followed by Nevada (11.1 percent, 7,000 jobs); Michigan and Arkansas (9.7 percent, 4,400 jobs).

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