Associated General Contractors of America reports that construction employment declined in 25 states between April and May. New York lost the most construction jobs, and Wyoming experienced the highest monthly percentage decrease in construction employment. Louisiana added the most jobs over the month, while Hawaii saw the highest addition by percent of construction jobs.
"Construction workers will continue losing jobs until demand for new housing, office, retail, and local public construction improves," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Although the stimulus is helping, it is very likely that construction employment has yet to hit bottom in most states."
Last month New York lost 9,800 construction jobs, or 3.1 percent of its construction work force. Wyoming lost 6.5 percent of is construction work force, or 1,500 jobs. South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin also had high percentage losses of 3.8 percent, 3.4 percent, and 3.4 percent, respectively.
Louisiana added 2,400 construction jobs over the month, while Hawaii increased its work force by 4.1 percent, or 1,200 jobs. Maine added 3.7 percent to its construction work force, while Washington, DC and West Virginia added 3.7 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively.
Kansas was the top yearly gainer for construction work, having added 3,600 jobs between May 2009 and May 2010. California lost 80,900 over the same period, the most construction job losses of any state.