In contrast, construction employment rose in only 19 states in March, fell in 27 plus D.C., and was level in four (Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and New Hampshire), an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America showed. Over the year, construction employment climbed in just 16 states plus D.C., dropped in 33 states and held steady in Vermont.
The largest year-over-year percentage gains in construction employment were in Tennessee, 6.3%; Texas, 5.1%; Wyoming, 5.3%; and Delaware, 4.2%. The largest decreases were in West Virginia, -11%; Wisconsin, -8.0%; Georgia, -7.6%; and Nevada, -7.5%. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in six states plus D.C. to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers.)