AGC: 28 States Lost Construction Jobs in the Last Year

November 20, 2012

Construction employment declined in 28 states from October 2011 to October 2012 even as 31 states, and D.C., added jobs during the past month, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by AGC.

Association officials noted that residential construction gains were being undermined by the broader business uncertainty being caused by the threat of the looming fiscal cliff.

"The industry remains stuck in neutral, with close balance each month between the number of states that add or lose construction jobs," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. "Despite a strong pickup in homebuilding and multifamily construction, uncertainty about the fiscal cliff appears to be holding back private investment, while public agencies keep trimming construction budgets."

Among states losing construction jobs during the past year, Delaware lost the highest percentage of jobs, followed by Arkansas and Alaska. New York lost the most jobs, followed by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois.