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Construction Jobs Increased in 36 States for August 2014

Florida and Nevada have the largest 12-month gains, New Jersey has the biggest annual percent and total declines; Nebraska and California top monthly rankings, South Dakota and Ohio shed most jobs in August, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

September 29, 2014

Construction Jobs Increased in 36 States for August 2014Florida and Nevada have the largest 12-month gains, New Jersey has the biggest annual percent and total declines; Nebraska and California top monthly rankings, South Dakota and Ohio shed most jobs in August, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Out of the 36 states, the states that added the most jobs between August 2013 and August 2014 include:

  • Florida (43,500 jobs, 11.8 percent)
  • California (35,600 jobs, 5.6 percent),
  • Texas (27,700 jobs, 4.5 percent),
  • Illinois (11,100 jobs, 5.8 percent)
  • Pennsylvania (10,800 jobs, 4.8 percent).

"While most states remain far below pre-recession peak employment levels, more states are approaching previous highs and more contractors have been reporting difficulty in hiring qualified workers. These trends are likely to intensify if the recovery in construction continues," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist.Twelve states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs during 2014, with construction employment unchanged in Idaho and New Hampshire. New Jersey lost the highest percentage and total, (-8.1 percent, -11,300 jobs). Other states that lost a high percentage of jobs include Mississippi (-7.1 percent, -3,700 jobs), West Virginia (-5.3 percent, -1,800 jobs) and Arizona (-4.4 percent, -5,400 jobs). Other states that lost the most construction jobs between August 2013 and August 2014 include, Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia.Twenty-eight states added construction jobs between July and August. California (13,600 jobs, 2.1 percent) added the most jobs, followed by Texas (6,900 jobs, 1.1 percent), Florida (6,100 jobs, 1.5 percent) and Minnesota (2,500 jobs, 2.3 percent). Nebraska (4.0 percent, 1,800 jobs) had the highest percentage increase for the month, followed by Maine (3.4 percent, 900 jobs), North Dakota (3.3 percent, 1,200 jobs) and Alaska (3.2 percent, 500 jobs).Association officials said the employment gain is positive news but urge elected and appointment officials to act on the measures outlined in the association’s workforce development plan."Labor shortages are likely to become more severe without a better pipeline for preparing new workers," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer.

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