29 states add construction jobs between March and April
Increases in stimulus-funded projects and growing demand for single family construction helped boost monthly construction employment in 29 states between March and April, according to a new analysis of federal employment figures released today [May 21] by the Associated General Contractors of America. Despite the recent gains, 46 states and the District of Columbia lost construction jobs over the past 12 months.
"A gradual turnaround appears to be taking hold after years of construction employment declines," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "As more stimulus projects get underway and single-family housing starts pick up, we are likely to see the number of states with year-over-year increases grow," according to a May 21 AGC of America report.