In April, seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased from a year earlier in 47 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in three states, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 17. Seasonally adjusted construction employment climbed in 29 states and fell in 21 states and the District of Columbia, an AGC analysis showed. Hawaii had the largest percentage gain in construction jobs (11.5%, 3,300 jobs), followed by Alaska (9.1%, 1,500 jobs) and Louisiana (8.1%, 10,200 jobs). California added the most new construction jobs over the past 12 months (44,800, 7.7%), followed by Texas (41,500 jobs, 7.1%). Vermont lost the highest percentage (-11.3%, -1,700 jobs), followed by South Dakota (-9.6%, -2,100 jobs) and Rhode Island (-8.6%, -1,400 jobs). Illinois lost the most jobs (-12,900 jobs, -6.8%), followed by Ohio (-9,200 jobs, -5.0%) and Indiana (-5,600 jobs, -4.4%). From March to April, seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 17 states, fell in 32 plus D.C. and was unchanged in New Hampshire. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in D.C., Hawaii, South Dakota and four other states to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers.).
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in April from a year earlier in 274 out of 372 metropolitan areas, decreased in 88 and remained unchanged in 10, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday. An AGC analysis showed that of the 339 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS reports construction employment, 170 had increases, 123 had decreases and 46 were stagnant. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in most metros to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employees. Metro data is not seasonally adjusted.) Pascagoula, Miss. again added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (45%, 1,700 combined jobs), followed by Napa, Calif. (36%, 800 combined jobs) and Merced, Calif. (19%, 300 combined jobs). The Dallas-Plano-Irving division again added the most jobs (11,500 combined jobs, 11%), closely followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (11,400 construction jobs, 6%). The largest job losses again were in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville division (-5,900 construction jobs, -5%), Northern Virginia (-3,200 combined jobs, -5%) and Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. (-2,400 combined jobs, -6%). Bellingham, Wash. lost the highest percentage (-20%, -1,300 combined jobs), followed by Decatur, Ill. (-18%, -700 combined jobs).
AGC has compiled on the role of the construction in the economy and employment in the United States, each state and major metro areas. Click on a state to see fact sheet(s) for it.