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Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 38 states and the District of Columbia year-over-year (y/y) from March 2017 to March 2018, and declined in 12 states, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released on Friday showed. The largest percentage gains again were in West Virginia (11%, 3,400 jobs) and Nevada (9.0%, 7,500), followed by Idaho (8.6%, 3,800), Massachusetts (7.7%, 11,500) and New Mexico (7.6%, 3,400). The most jobs again were added in California (54,400 jobs, 6.8%), Texas (34,000, 4.8%) and Florida (31,600, 6.3%). Over the year, North Dakota lost the highest total and percentage of construction jobs (-4,300 jobs, -15%), followed by Iowa (-3,900, -5.0%), Kansas (-2,500, -4.1%) and Nebraska (-2,000, -3.8%). For the month, employment rose in 29 states, fell in 19 and D.C., and was flat in Vermont and Wyoming. (AGC’s rankings are based on seasonally adjusted data, which in D.C., Nebraska and five other states is available only for construction, mining and logging combined.) Read More….April 23 2018 DataDiGest