Construction Employment Increases in 30 States from February to March

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 30 states from February 2013 to March 2013. The largest increase was seen in Connecticut, where those employed in construction rose from 50,700 to 53,600—an increase of 5.7 percent.

Additionally, Arkansas saw an increase in construction-related employment from 44,300 to 46,300—a 4.5-percent gain. Other states showing sizable increases included Wyoming, with a 4.0-percent rise from 22,500 to 23,400, and Tennessee, with a 2.6-percent increase from 107,900 to 110,700.

The report also saw a few notable drops, including Missouri, where construction-related employment dropped 3.2 percent from 107,800 to 104,400.

State February 2013

March 2013

Percent Change

Alabama

78,200

77,400

-1.0

Alaska

18,700

18,500

-1.1

Arizona

121,300

122,700

+1.2

Arkansas

44,300

46,300

+4.5

California

616,600

620,400

+0.6

Colorado

118,800

119,900

+0.9

Connecticut

50,700

53,600

+5.7

Delaware

18,800

18,500

-1.6

Florida

341,600

347,100

+1.6

Georgia

142,400

145,500

+2.2

Hawaii

31,300

32,000

+2.2

Idaho

32,400

32,300

-0.3

Illinois

187,200

185,900

-0.7

Indiana

122,500

123,400

+0.7

Iowa

65,900

64,600

-2.0

Kansas

54,700

54,900

+0.4

Kentucky

68,900

67,800

-1.6

Louisiana

132,900

135,300

+1.8

Maine

26,500

26,900

+1.5

Maryland

150,700

153,500

+1.9

Massachusetts

119,000

117,900

-0.9

Michigan

128,700

125,600

-2.4

Minnesota

96,500

97,300

+0.8

Mississippi

49,500

48,800

-1.4

Missouri

107,800

104,400

-3.2

Montana

22,000

21,500

-2.3

Nebraska

43,600

43,100

-1.1

Nevada

53,900

52,900

-1.9
New Hampshire

22,400

23,000

+2.7

New Jersey

132,400

133,300

+0.7

New Mexico

41,700

41,900

+0.5

New York

323,500

329,500

+1.9

North Carolina

171,300

169,500

-1.1

North Dakota

30,100

30,400

+1.0

Ohio

178,000

174,700

-1.9

Oklahoma

71,600

72,800

+1.7

Oregon

70,100

71,700

+2.3

Pennsylvania

228,000

227,300

-0.3

Rhode Island

14,700

15,000

+2.0

South Carolina

80,500

79,800

-0.9

South Dakota

20,500

20,300

-1.0

Tennessee

107,900

110,700

+2.6

Texas

614,300

616,200

+0.3

Utah

73,400

74,900

+2.0

Vermont

14,000

14,200

+1.4

Virginia

177,500

178,500

+0.6

Washington

140,600

141,000

+0.3

West Virginia

35,300

35,200

-0.3

Wisconsin

95,500

95,700

+0.2

Wyoming

22,500

23,400

+4.0

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