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Construction Employment Up in 30 States: AGC

Construction employment declined in 28 states from September 2011 to September 2012 even as 30 states added jobs during the past month.

October 22, 2012

Construction employment declined in 28 states from September 2011 to September 2012 even as 30 states added jobs during the past month, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials noted that the monthly gains, while welcome, were too small to offset the larger annual declines in many states.

“Even though a good number of states added jobs in September, most states have a smaller construction workforce than they did a year ago,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Between the fiscal cliff, unset tax rates and declining public sector investments, there are a lot of construction projects on hold as owners wait for a clearer picture of where the economy is heading.”

Among states losing construction jobs during the past year:

  • Alaska, -16.1 percent, -2,400 jobs
  • New Jersey, -10.2 percent, -13,400 jobs
  • Nevada, -9.4 percent, -5,000 jobs
  • New York, -4.1 percent, -12,500 jobs
  • Pennsylvania, -4.1 percent, -9,100 jobs
  • North Carolina, -4.7 percent, -8,400 jobs
  • Illinois, -4.4 percent, -8,400 jobs

Simonson noted that 22 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs during the past 12 months:

  • District of Columbia, 12.5 percent, 1,500 jobs
  • Nebraska, 11.1 percent, 4,500 jobs
  • North Dakota, 11.0 percent, 2,800 jobs
  • Texas, 5.9 percent, 32,800 jobs
  • California, 4.7 percent, 25,700 jobs
  • Indiana, 5 percent, 6,300 jobs

Monthly declines:

  • New Jersey (-3.4 percent, -4,200 jobs)
  • District of Columbia (-2.9 percent, -400 jobs)
  • Delaware (-2.8 percent, -500 jobs).

Monthly gains:

  • Missouri (4.5 percent, 4,300 jobs)
  • Iowa (3.5 percent, 2,200 jobs)
  • Alaska (3.3 percent, 400 jobs).

View the state employment data by rank and by state.

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