Construction employment expanded in just 28 states and Washington D.C., from June to July, according to analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). From July 2014 to July 2015, 37 states and D.C. added jobs.

MapConstJuly“Construction continues to grow overall but fewer states are participating in the expansion than was true a year ago,” says Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The uneven growth reflects the cross-cutting trends in the overall economy, as tight government budgets, plunging commodity prices and weak overseas demand lead to project cancellations in some states even while activity accelerates elsewhere.”

California added the most new construction jobs (48,900 jobs, 7.3 percent) between July 2014 and July 2015, followed by Florida (26,500 jobs, 6.6 percent), Washington (15,300 jobs, 9.6 percent), Texas (14,400 jobs, 2.2 percent) and Michigan (12,400 jobs, 8.7 percent). Arkansas (14.9 percent, 6,800 jobs) added the highest percentage of construction jobs since last July, followed by Idaho (13.7 percent, 4,900 jobs), Nevada (10.7 percent, 6,800 jobs), Washington and Michigan.

Thirteen states shed construction jobs during the past 12 months, with West Virginia (-16.0 percent, -5,400 jobs) losing the highest percentage. Rhode Island (-7.9 percent, -1,300 jobs) lost the second-highest percentage, followed by Ohio (-7.0 percent, -13,800 jobs) and Mississippi (-4.3 percent, -2,100 jobs). The largest job losses occurred in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana (-5,100 jobs, -4.1 percent) and Mississippi.

Florida (4,800 jobs, 1.1 percent) added the most construction jobs between June and July. Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include Oklahoma (3,000 jobs, 3.9 percent), California (3,000 jobs, 0.4 percent) and Arizona (2,400 jobs, 1.9 percent). New Mexico (4.9 percent, 2,000 jobs) added the highest percentage of construction jobs over the month, followed by Oklahoma, Arkansas (3.6 percent, 1,800 jobs) and Oregon (2.9 percent, 2,300 jobs).

Twenty-one states lost construction jobs during the past month, led by New York (-4,500 jobs, -1.3 percent), Indiana (-4,400 jobs, -3.6 percent), Ohio (-2,300 jobs, -1.2 percent) and Connecticut (-2,200 jobs, -3.6 percent). Indiana and Connecticut lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between June and July, followed by West Virginia (-2.4 percent, -700 jobs) and Minnesota (-1.8 percent, -2,000 jobs).