Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 39 states and the District of Columbia from April 2013 to April 2014, decreased in 10 states, and remained level in Wyoming, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today showed. The largest percentage gains were in Florida (12%, 43,300 jobs), North Dakota (11%, 3,400) and Nevada (9.4%, 5,400). Florida also led in number of jobs added, followed by California (39,000, 6.2%) and Texas (23,900, 3.9%). New Jersey lost the most construction jobs (-9,300, -6.8%), followed by New Mexico (-2,000, -4.8%), West Virginia (-1,300, -3.7%) and Alabama (-2.2%, -1,800).
The steepest 12-month percentage losses occurred in New Jersey, New Mexico and Alabama. For the month, 29 states and D.C. added construction jobs, 20 states lost jobs and Wisconsin had no change. Texas (7,500, 1.2%) added the most jobs between March and April, followed by California (7,100, 1.1%) and Pennsylvania (6,500, 2.8%). The largest percentage gains for the month were in Rhode Island (5.5%, 900), followed by Iowa (4.6%, 3,100), D.C. (4.5%, 600) and Pennsylvania. The biggest one-month losses were in Virginia (-3,100, -1.7%), New Jersey (-2,800, -2.1%), North Carolina (-2,500, -1.4%), Minnesota (-2,200, -2%) and Arizona (-2,200, -1.8%). Maine (-3.4%, -900) had the steepest monthly decline, followed by New Mexico (-2.7%, -1,100), West Virginia (-2.1%, -700) and New Jersey. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in D.C. and six states to avoid disclosing data for industries with few firms.)
From April 2013 to April 2014 construction employment increased in 220 out of 339 metropolitan areas for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports construction data, declined in 70 and was unchanged in 49, according to an analysis that AGC released on Tuesday. (The agency combines mining and logging with construction in most metros to avoid disclosing data for industries with few firms. Because metro data is not seasonally adjusted, comparisons with months other than April are not meaningful.) Three divisions of larger metros added the most jobs over the year: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (11,100 construction jobs, 10%), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving (9,500 combined jobs, 9%) and Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif. (8,500 construction jobs, 11%). The largest percentage gains occurred in El Centro, Calif. (42%, 800 combined jobs) and Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-W. Va. (35%, 600 combined jobs). The largest job losses occurred in the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md. division (-3,700 combined jobs, -11%) and the Gary, Ind. division (-2,900 construction jobs, -15%). The steepest losses occurred in Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-18%, -900 combined jobs) and Gary.
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.