Construction employment declined or remained stagnant in half of the United States’ metropolitan areas between June 2014 and June 2015, according an analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Employment in the sector dropped in 127 metro areas, with 51 areas remaining stagnant and 180 seeing an increase over the year.
The largest job losses from June 2014 to June 2015 were in New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-2,700 jobs, -9 percent), followed by Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-2,100 jobs, -21 percent), Akron, Ohio (-1,700, -12 percent) and Bakersfield, Calif. (-1,500 jobs, -8 percent). The largest percentage decline was in Santa Fe, N.M. (-22 percent, -600 jobs), followed by Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula and Las Cruces, N.M. (-14 percent, -500 jobs).
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash., added the largest number of construction jobs in the past year (11,300 jobs, 15 percent), followed by Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (10,200 jobs, 11 percent), Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. (8,100 jobs, 18 percent) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (8,000 jobs, 7 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in El Centro, Calif. (21 percent, 400 jobs), Visalia-Porterville, Calif. (20 percent, 900 jobs), Camden, N.J. (19 percent, 4,000 jobs) and Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (19 percent, 3,600 jobs).