Construction employment declined in 27 states between June 2010 and 2011 and dropped in 22 states and D.C. between May and June, according to a repor from the Associated General Contractors of America.
The construction industry continues to suffer from a difficult combination of weak private sector demand and declining public sector investments in construction.
“There is no getting around the fact this industry is stuck in a multi-year slump,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The private sector isn’t growing fast enough to boost demand for new structures while public construction budget cuts appear to be accelerating.”
Of the 27 states with decreases over the year, the largest percentage drop took place in New Mexico (-10.2 percent, -4,400 jobs); followed by Nevada (-8.6 percent, -5,100 jobs); Minnesota (-8.1 percent, -6,900 jobs); Colorado (-7.8 percent, -8,900 jobs) and Georgia (-7.1 percent, -10,600 jobs). Georgia lost the largest number of jobs; followed by Florida (-9,400 jobs, -2.7 percent); Colorado; Minnesota and North Carolina (-6,800 jobs, -3.8 percent).
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