Construction jobs increase in 40 states in April; materials, labor costs dip, IHS finds
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Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 40 states and the District of Columbia from April 2014 to April 2015, declined in seven and remained level in Indiana, Oregon and Vermont, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released on Wednesday showed. California again added the most construction jobs (42,600 jobs, 6.4%), followed by Florida (32,200, 8.2%), Texas (25,300, 3.9%), Washington (18,700, 12.0%) and Michigan (14,800, 10.6%). Idaho again added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (12.4%, 4,400), followed by Washington and Michigan. The largest and steepest percentage losses again occurred in West Virginia (-4,400, -13.1%) and Mississippi (-3,200, -6.3%). U.S. construction employment rose 4.6% over the period, BLS reported on May 8. Despite the strong, widespread gains, only five states have topped pre-recession highs for construction employment: Read more » about AGC's Data DIGest: May 26-29, 2015