AGC: Construction employment continues to slide
Few states were immune from construction employment declines this July based on an analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. That analysis found that 47 states saw declines in construction employment, while only two states saw increases and one saw no change in construction employment between July 2008 and July 2009.
"There aren't a lot of places construction workers can turn to avoid the steep layoffs sweeping the construction industry right now," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "Sadly, construction workers are feeling the full impact of declining state spending, a near halt in office and retail construction and stimulus spending that--with too many programs--has yet to materialize," according to an Aug. 21 AGC of America report.