Construction employment declined or was stagnant in 37 percent of metropolitan areas between May 2015 and May 2016, according to analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). This represents 131 of 358 areas.

The largest job losses from May 2015 to May 2016 were in Midland, Texas (-1,700 jobs, -7 percent), followed by Odessa, Texas (-1,300 jobs, -8 percent); Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (-1,100 jobs, -6 percent); Bloomington, Ill. (-1,100 jobs, -30 percent) and New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-1,100 jobs, -3 percent).

The largest percentage declines for the past year were in Bloomington, Ill.; Fairbanks, Alaska (-15 percent, -500 jobs); Rocky Mount, N.C. (-13 percent, -300 jobs); Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala. (-11 percent, -100 jobs) and Lawton, Okla. (-11 percent, -200 jobs). Construction employment declined in 83 metro areas in the past year, stagnated in 48 areas, and rose in 227 areas.

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. added the most construction jobs during the past year (14,700 jobs, 17 percent). Other metro areas adding a large number of construction jobs include Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (9,700 jobs, 16 percent); Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (8,100 jobs, 8 percent); and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (7,700 jobs, 7 percent).

The largest percentage gains occurred in Monroe, Mich. (30 percent, 700 jobs); Honolulu, Hawaii (20 percent, 4,900 jobs); Boise City, Idaho (19 percent, 3,500 jobs); Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (17 percent, 6,800 jobs).

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  1. If construction employment is down or unchanged in 37% of metropolitan areas then it must be up in 63% of metropolitan areas, right? Wouldn’t the larger trend be more newsworthy? Seem to me like the glass is nearly 2/3 full and this article is about being thirsty.

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