State employment data, Beige Book find widespread increases; starts dip, Reed says
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Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 38 states between March 2013 and March 2014, decreased in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and remained level in Alaska, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday showed. The largest percentage gains were in Florida (11%, 41,000); Oregon (11%, 7,800); and Minnesota (10%, 10,200). Florida also led in number of jobs added, followed by California (37,100, 5.9%) and Texas (17,100, 2.8%). New Jersey lost the most construction jobs (-4,600, -3.4%), followed by Kentucky (-1,900, -2.8%) and West Virginia (-1,700, -4.9%). The steepest percentage losses over the year occurred in West Virginia, New Jersey and D.C. (-2.9%, -400). Read more » about AGC's Data DIGest: April 14 – 18, 2014