New York State lost 1,800 construction jobs between April and May, marking a barely perceptible 0.6 percent decline in employment in the sector, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, an industry trade group.
Year-over-year, however, the state added 6,400 jobs, representing a 2 percent increase.
That places New York State in the middle of the rest of the country: construction employment rose in 27 states month-over-month and in 32 states year-over-year.
South Dakota posted the largest month-over-month gain of 800 jobs, which equates to a 4.1 percent jump. Alaska, on the other hand, had the largest month-over-month drop in jobs: 1,400 fewer than in April — a 7.8 percent loss.
“The strongest recoveries in construction employment have occurred in states with oil and gas activity, while the steepest construction jobs losses have occurred in Sunbelt states,” AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. –Zachary Kussin