In October, seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased from a year earlier in 49 states and decreased in Alaska and the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. Seasonally adjusted construction employment climbed in 39 states—the largest total in 18 months—and declined in 11 states and D.C., an AGC analysis showed. Mississippi had the steepest year-over-year percentage increase (19%, 9,300 jobs), followed by Connecticut (11%, 5,500 jobs), Louisiana (8.3%, 10,700 jobs) and Florida (7.7%, 26,600 jobs). Florida added the most construction jobs for the year, followed by California (26,000, 4.3%) and Texas (14,500, 2.4%).
Indiana lost the most jobs over the past year and experienced the steepest rate of decline (-11,800 jobs, -9.5%). Other states with large job losses for the year include Illinois (-4,500 jobs, -2.4%) and North Carolina (-3,600 jobs, -2.1%). Montana (-7.3%, -1,700 jobs) and D.C. (-5.0%, -700 jobs) also experienced steep percentage declines. Of the 32 states that added construction jobs from September to October, Alaska had the largest percentage gain (6.0%, 1,000 jobs), followed by Nevada (5.9%, 3,100 jobs). Florida added the most jobs for the month (10,500, 2.9%), followed by Louisiana (3,400, 2.5%) and Nevada. Employment was stable over the month in Delaware and Wyoming, while 16 states and D.C. lost construction jobs. Arizona had the steepest percentage drop for the month (-2.7%, -3,300 jobs), followed by Hawaii (-2.4%, -800 jobs) and New Jersey (-2.2%, -3,000 jobs). Texas lost the most jobs between September and October (-4,000, -0.7%), followed by New York (-3,900, -1.2%), Arizona and New Jersey. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in D.C., Delaware, Hawaii and four other states.)
In July, seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased from a year earlier in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and decreased in Alaska, BLS reported on Monday. Seasonally adjusted construction employment climbed in 37 states and fell in 13 states and D.C., an AGC analysis showed.
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.