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Construction jobs fall 1 percent across state

Rick Pfeifer, an employee of C.D. Smith Construction Inc., Fond du Lac, sands drywall Friday, March 14 while at Agnesian Healthcare’s Ripon Medical Center in Ripon. C.D. Smith is the general contractor on the 142,962-squre-foot, two-story building which is slated to be complete in December. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

C.D. Smith Construction Inc.’s Rick Pfeifer sands drywall March 14 at Agnesian Healthcare’s Ripon Medical Center in Ripon. Construction employment dropped 1 percent in the last year. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Construction employment in Wisconsin dropped 1 percent from February 2013 to February 2014.

According to information by the Associated General Contractors of America, the state lost about 500 jobs in that year.

The Milwaukee, West Allis and Waukesha areas lost about 200 jobs. The Madison area also saw a decrease of roughly 200 jobs, but that measurement includes employment data for the mining and logging industries as well.

The Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown, Texas, areas had the largest year-over-year increase in construction employment, gaining 9,600 jobs, according to an AGC news release. Gary, Ind., had the largest decrease in construction employment, losing 4,700 jobs.

Of the 339 metro areas the AGC measures, 175 added employment and 106 dropped jobs. Employment was relatively stable in the remaining 58 areas.

About Beth Kevit

Beth Kevit is the Milwaukee city beat reporter and also covers real estate. She can be reached at beth.kevit@dailyreporter.com or 414-225-1820.

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