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AGC: Construction employment declines in every state

The construction workforce was smaller in every state and the District of Columbia year over year, according to new analysis of federal data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The data indicates how widespread the construction downturn is, association officials said, noting that 38 states and D.C. experienced a double-digit percentage drop in construction employment from December 2010 to December 2009.

According to AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson, California lost the most construction jobs (128,700) while North Dakota lost the least (200) over the past 12 months ending in December 2010.

The five states with the largest percentage decline in employment were Nevada (29.9 percent), Arizona (26 percent), Colorado (22.2 percent), Idaho (21 percent), and Florida (20.4 percent).

Meanwhile, North Dakota (1 percent), Nebraska (4.1 percent), Alaska (4.2 percent), South Dakota (5.9 percent), and Arkansas (6.2 percent) experienced the smallest decline in construction employment.

Association officials cited the new state employment data in urging the Senate to pass a 10-month extension to the nation’s surface transportation program and for the administration to accelerate stimulus-funded construction projects.


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