Construction Employment Increases in 41 States from December to January

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 41 states from December 2012 to January 2013. The largest increase was seen in Wyoming, where those employed in construction rose from 21,800 to 22,800—an increase of 4.6 percent.

Additionally, New York saw an increase in construction-related employment from 309,500 to 322,500—a 4.2-percent gain. Other states showing sizable increases included New Hampshire, with a 4.1-percent rise from 22,100 to 23,000; Maine, with a 4.0-percent increase from 25,100 to 26,100; and New Jersey, with a 2.0-percent gain from 130,800  to 133,400.

The report also saw a few notable drops, including Arkansas, where construction-related employment dropped 5.0 percent from 46,000 to 43,700.

State

December 2012

January   2013

Percent   Change

Alabama

77,900

79,100

+1.5

Alaska

17,900

17,900

0

Arizona

118,400

119,900

+1.3

Arkansas

46,000

43,700

-5.0

California

603,200

610,500

+1.2

Colorado

115,800

117,800

+1.7

Connecticut

50,200

50,800

+1.2

Delaware

18,400

18,800

+2.2

Florida

344,800

347,000

+0.6

Georgia

139,500

142,100

+1.9

Hawaii

30,600

31,200

+2.0

Idaho

31,200

31,600

+1.3

Illinois

183,300

185,000

+0.5

Indiana

121,400

120,900

-0.4

Iowa

65,300

64,800

0.8

Kansas

54,800

52,600

-4.0

Kentucky

66,800

67,400

+0.9

Louisiana

131,800

130,300

-1.1

Maine

25,100

26,100

+4.0

Maryland

146,500

149,300

+1.9

Massachusetts

115,600

118,000

+2.1

Michigan

124,600

128,000

+2.7

Minnesota

92,500

95,100

+2.8

Mississippi

47,900

47,400

-1.0

Missouri

105,000

105,400

+0.4

Montana

21,900

21,800

-0.5

Nebraska

43,200

42,700

+1.2

Nevada

55,500

55,000

-0.9

New     Hampshire

22,100

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