Construction employment increased in 211 out of 339 metropolitan areas (including divisions of larger metros) in the 12 months through November, declined in 67 and was flat in 61, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data that AGC released. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in most metros to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers. Because metro data is not seasonally adjusted, comparisons with months other than November are not meaningful.)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta added the most jobs in the past year (10,500 construction jobs, 12%), followed by the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metro division (9,100 construction jobs, 8%) and the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif. division (8,200 construction jobs, 11%). The largest percentage gains occurred in Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-W.Va. (29%, 500 combined jobs); Eau Claire, Wis. (27%, 800 combined jobs); Fargo, N.D.-Minn. (24%, 1,900 combined jobs) and Pascagoula, Miss. (24%, 1,100 combined jobs).
The largest job losses occurred in Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky. (-4,000 combined jobs, -10%); followed by Raleigh-Cary, N.C. (-3,100 combined jobs, -10%), Baton Rouge, La. (-2,800 construction jobs, -6%) and Gary, Ind. (-2,300 construction jobs, -11%). The largest percentage declines for the past year were in Modesto, Calif. (-24%, -1,500 combined jobs), Lake Havasu City-Kingman, Ariz. (-14%, -300 combined jobs); Anniston-Oxford, Ala. (-11%, -100 combined jobs); Gary and Mobile, Ala. (-11%, -1,300 combined jobs). Among the 19 metro areas that hit a new November construction employment peak, Fargo experienced the largest percentage increase (24% higher than in November 2012). Lake Havasu City-Kingman experienced the largest percentage decline compared to its November peak (-76% since November 2005).
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.