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Construction Jobs Decline in June
But Annual Data Remains Stable





Even though the construction jobs picture has remained fairly static and in positive territory on a yearly basis, the monthly numbers are moving downward. This is a trend that has become a concern for the building industry.


Year-to-year construction employment remains stable and on the upside, but the monthly data are presenting a problem, at least in the opinion of the Associated General Contractors.

Employment decreased in 25 states from May to June, while 24 states added jobs during that one-month time frame, the AGC said in its latest news release.

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs in June, compared to the same month in 2014, while 11 states shed jobs in that one-year stretch.

"While the year-over-year totals remains relatively positive, the monthly construction employment figures are troubling," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the AGC.

Illinois led all states in job losses for the one-month period with 4,700. New Jersey was next with 4,600 lost jobs, while Ohio shed 3,700.

New York led the nation in jobs gained for the month with 3,300. Minnesota added 2,600 jobs, while Connecticut grew by 2,200 jobs.

"Investing in transportation infrastructure will make it easier for many firms involved in highway and transit construction to add new staff," Simonson added.

West Virginia had the most job losses for the one-year period with 4,300. Mississippi and Ohio were tied with 3,900 job cuts.

California led the country in jobs gained for the year with 47,000. Florida was next with 25,200 additions, followed by Texas with 18,900 new jobs.







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