Construction employment declined in 127 metro areas, was stagnant in 51 and increased in 180 between June 2014 and June 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
AGC officials noted that the declines come as the House and Senate struggle to enact legislation to extend federal transportation investments beyond the expiration of the current program.
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), Bakersfield, Calif., (-1,500 jobs, -8 percent) and Bergen-Hudson-Passaic, N.J. (-1,200 jobs, -4 percent). The largest percentage decline for the past year 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).