36 states, D.C. add construction jobs in last year; multifamily, hotel markets remain hot
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Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 36 states and the District of Columbia from August 2014 to August 2015, declined in 13 states and held steady in North Dakota, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today showed. The number of places with year-over-year gains was the smallest since April 2012. California again gained the most construction jobs (43,800 jobs, 6.5%), followed by Florida (25,700, 6.4%), North Carolina (13,200, 7.4%), Washington (12,800, 8.0%) and Texas (11,400, 1.7%). The highest percentage of new construction jobs were again added by Arkansas (14%, 6,200) and Idaho (10%, 3,600), followed by South Carolina (9.1%, 7,500) and Iowa (8.9%, 6,700). The steepest percentage losses again occurred in West Virginia (-15%, -5,100) and Rhode Island (-7.9%, -1,300), followed by Mississippi (-7.4%, -3,600), Ohio (-5.7%, -11,300) and New Mexico (-5.2%, -2,200). Read more » about AGC's Data DIGest: September 16-21, 2015