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News Jan. 24, 2018

Construction jobs added in 42 states during past 12 months

Forty-two states added construction jobs during the past 12 months, and 32 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs from November 2017 to December 2017, according to www.agc.org.

"Construction employment is expanding in many parts of the country in large part because of strong private-sector demand," says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). "Any new public-sector investments, particularly for infrastructure projects, would help accelerate job gains in many parts of the country."

California added the most construction jobs—56,000—between December 2016 and December 2017. Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington also added a large number of construction jobs. Additionally, Nevada added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year, followed by Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Oregon and Alaska.

Thirty-two states added construction jobs from November 2017 to December 2017, with California adding the most construction jobs—7,000—followed by Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas. Montana added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Minnesota, Oklahoma, Alaska and Wyoming.

Eight states lost construction jobs between December 2016 and December 2017. Missouri lost the highest number of construction jobs—8,800—followed by Iowa, North Carolina and Connecticut. Construction employment fell in 15 states from November 2017 to December 2017, and New Jersey lost more than any other state—4,300.

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