Construction employment shows uptick
While the Labor Department data was good news, the association warned that it was too soon to say whether this was a seasonal trend or the start of a sustained recovery.
“These are certainly some of the best state-by-state numbers the industry has seen in quite some time,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But it is too early to tell whether this is the start of a positive trend or the rebound that comes with a February thaw.”
The AGC said Washington, D.C., had the largest one-month percentage increase in employment (5.8 percent, 600 jobs), followed by Connecticut (4.2 percent, 2,100 jobs); Georgia (3.7 percent, 5,000 jobs); and Oregon (2.9 percent, 2,000 jobs). California (15,500 jobs, 2.7 percent) added the most construction jobs between January and February, followed by Georgia; North Carolina (4,500 jobs, 2.7 percent); and Florida (4,400 jobs, 1.3 percent).
Simonson added that 18 states lost construction jobs in the first two months of 2011 while employment was unchanged in three states.