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Construction jobs lost in 26 states in July Time:2020/08/28 11:13:00 Hit:283


Construction employment declined from June to July in 26 states and Washington, D.C., as projects were cancelled, according to Construction jobs were added in 24 states in July.


“Renewed outbreaks of coronavirus in numerous states likely caused many project owners and investors to pull back on planned construction,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. “Meanwhile, budget problems in state and local governments, most of which started a new fiscal year in July, led to cancellation or postponement of many infrastructure and public facilities projects.”


New York added the most construction jobs from June to July—13,600—and had the largest percentage increase of construction jobs for the month—4%. California lost the largest number of construction jobs (-14,800), and New Mexico lost the highest percentage of construction jobs (-5.9%) for the month.


From July 2019 to July, 10 states added construction jobs and 39 states lost jobs. Utah added the most construction jobs during the year—8,600—and South Dakota had the largest year-over-year percentage increase—10.5%. California lost the most construction jobs during the year (-55,800 jobs), and Vermont had the largest percentage decline (-31.6%).


Association officials warned continued flare-ups of COVID-19 in many states mean there likely will be even more project cancellations as the economic recovery stalls, forcing contractors to lay off workers again.


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