Associated General Contractors of America says construction employment is up

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released an analysis of labor statistics, which indicates growth of construction employment between May 2014 and 2015 in 40 different states.


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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released an analysis of labor statistics, which indicates growth of construction employment between May 2014 and 2015 in 40 different states.

Of those states, 28 saw increases within April and May of this year.

“Construction has outpaced the overall economy in adding workers nationally, but the mix of states with construction job gains keeps changing,” Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist, said. “The top 10 states for job gains from April to May had previously lagged in adding construction workers, while energy-producing and other states that had record construction employment a few months ago have slipped.”

California topped the nation in construction jobs that were added with 46,600. Other states that had high levels of employment gains included Texas, Florida, Washington and North Carolina.

South Carolina saw 4.7 percent growth of construction positions, which was at 3,900 over a year period; out of all states and the D.C. area, it ranked 18th.

Some states did see contraction in terms of construction employment including West Virginia, Rhode Island, Maine, Ohio and Mississippi.

“We are likely to see a lot more stability in construction employment once Washington finds a way to finance needed infrastructure projects,” AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr said.

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