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Construction Employment Rises in 20 US States between October and November

But gains remain "spotty and tenuous"; 13 states plus D.C. add jobs year-to-year.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted.

“It is encouraging that the number of states adding jobs year-over-year was higher in November than at any time since February 2008,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “However, the data also make clear that these gains are as spotty as they are tenuous.”

Simonson noted, for example, that California had the largest monthly increase in construction employment—adding 7,800 jobs—but also the largest 12-month drop—36,900 jobs, or 6.4 percent. New Jersey and New York had the next-highest number of construction job gains in November with 4,500. New Jersey also led the nation in monthly percentage gains (3.7 percent), followed by Vermont (3.4 percent, 400 jobs) and Maine (2.5 percent, 600 jobs).

California has the largest number of monthly gains and yearly losses in construction jobs; Texas and Oklahoma have had the biggest 12-Month gains while Nevada has seen the steepest percentage losses.

The largest year-over-year percentage gains occurred in Oklahoma (9.2 percent, 6,100 jobs), New Hampshire (6.7 percent, 1,500 jobs) and Kansas (4.7 percent, 2,700 jobs). Texas had the largest increase in the number of construction employees (13,400 jobs, 2.4 percent).

Washington had the largest number of monthly job losses (4,200 jobs), followed by Utah (2,400 jobs) and North Carolina (2,300). In November, employment shrank in 29 states and held steady in D.C. and Alaska.

On a year-over-year basis, the largest losses were in California (36,900 jobs, -6.4 percent), Nevada (16,600 jobs, -22.0 percent—the steepest percentage decline) and Florida (12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent). Other large year-over-year percentage declines occurred in Idaho (-15.5 percent, 5,100 jobs) and Montana (-11.2 percent, 2,700 jobs). In all, 36 states lost construction jobs over the past 12 months, while construction employment was unchanged in Massachusetts.

Association officials cautioned that construction employment figures were likely to fluctuate and possibly drop over the coming months as many stimulus-funded projects begin to wind down and private-sector demand remains weak. They added that newly passed legislation that prevented steep tax increases, including for many small construction firms, will help boost overall economic activity and could drive new demand for construction later next year.

“The tax bill is a step in the right direction because it will revitalize the economy and help boost private-sector construction demand,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “But Congress still needs to act on long-delayed infrastructure bills and provide businesses with relief from an increasingly costly regulatory burden.

View construction employment figures by state and by rank.

Source: News release from The Associated General Contractors of America

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Anonymous December 17, 2010 3:26 pm (Pacific time)

1. If you have any pension plans, IRA's, retirement plans,etc, cash out now. You will probably get hit with fees, but it doesnt matter. Use that money to buy silver, do not buy paper, but take PHYSICAL POSSESSION! 2. If you are one of the few that actually has extra cash in the bank, keep what you need to pay bills, but get the rest out, and again, buy silver. 4. If you can afford it, buy storable food, and water filters. 5. if you have a home with a yard, till it up come spring and plant vegetables. You cant eat grass. Anyway, the list goes on, but these are the basics. Take it or leave it, I had to at least sound the siren to my fellow Americans. If you havnt noticed, commodities (wheat,rice, corn, oil, cotton, etc), have gone thru the roof and are still climbing. Mid January, early February you will really notice the prices at the checkstand. Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians will be losing their unemployment benefits in the coming months.. This is a fact. The federal government just said they are reducing federal funds for TANF by 20% etc. Anyway, sorryfor being so gloom and doom, but if we dont look at reality and prepare, we will be in even worse trouble..

Anonymous December 17, 2010 3:11 pm (Pacific time)

Dear lord Salem-news...this is what they call 'seasonally adjusted' info. Which has NO reflection on reality...I have a few more issues to deal with but I will come visit ya Tim, volunteer my time, if you want a true economic advisor.
These stats, noted from this article, are bogus, made up from theories. My record over the last decade is almost perfect, their record is nothing but wrong. I told people to buy gold/silver several years ago, and now gold/silver prices have tripled.
Listen, I have a heart, and love for my fellow man, and while I am trying to express the urgency to prepare, articles like this come out, and make everyone think we will be ok. We are NOT going to be ok! Do you understand? we are NOT going to be ok, and people better get prepared. 2011 is going to make 2008 thru 2010 look like heaven. I will make another post on what people should be doing.

Editor: I'm listening to you, but I also have to say that this is the only item from AGC in recent months that I can remember with even a hint of good news....  You can always write to me at tim@salem-news.com, thanks.  

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