March 30. 2012 12:00PM

Construction employment falls in Wisconsin

  
Construction industry employment rose in 30 states and Washington, D.C., between February of 2011 and February of 2012, but fell in Wisconsin during that time frame, according to the latest Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) report.

Pennsylvania added the most construction jobs, and North Dakota added the highest percentage year-over-year gain. Florida had the largest decline, and Nevada had the largest percentage drop in construction jobs.
Wisconsin ranked 37th among states with a net loss of 800 construction jobs over the course of the year.
Wisconsin's construction employment did manage to gain 2.3 percent to 92,300 in February from the previous month.
Construction employment rose in 30 states and the District of Columbia between February 2011 and February 2012, while 18 states lost construction jobs and two held steady — the best net positive showing for construction employment since January 2007, according to the AGCA's analysis of U.S. Labor Department data.
Twenty-nine states and D.C. added construction jobs between January and February, while 21 states had decreases for the month.
"The number of states with year-over-year construction job gains keeps rising, which is very encouraging," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "But the industry is still struggling in too many states to declare that construction is in full recovery."
"Washington keeps sending mixed signals that are impeding a full recovery in construction," said Stephen Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "While it is good that Congress did not let highway and transit funding lapse this week, there is much more to be done to sustain long-term infrastructure investment, and to provide certainty about the tax treatment and regulations surrounding private investment."

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