Indiana sees decline in construction jobs from March to April

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An analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that 38 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between April 2017 and April 2018, while 29 states added construction jobs between March and April.

The analysis reveals that 19 states lost construction jobs from March to April including Indiana, while construction employment was unchanged in Mississippi, Montana and the District of Columbia.

Indiana lost the most construction jobs for the month (-2,300 jobs, -1.6 percent), followed by Wisconsin (-2,000 jobs, -1.6 percent); South Carolina (-1,300 jobs, -1.3 percent); Massachusetts (-1,300 jobs, -0.8 percent) and Michigan (-1,100 jobs, -0.6 percent). North Dakota lost the highest percentage of construction jobs (-2.8 percent, -700 jobs), followed by Delaware (-1.7 percent, -400 jobs); Wisconsin; Indiana; South Carolina and South Dakota (-1.3 percent, -300 jobs).

Meanwhile, 29 states added construction jobs between March and April. California added the most (10,000 jobs, 1.2 percent), followed by Texas (4,100 jobs, 0.6 percent); Louisiana (2,200 jobs, 1.5 percent); Georgia (2,100 jobs, 1.1 percent) and Washington (2,100 jobs, 1.0 percent).  Louisiana added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Kentucky (1.4 percent, 1,100 jobs); New Hampshire (1.4 percent, 400 jobs); Alaska (1.3 percent, 200 jobs) and Vermont (1.3 percent, 200 jobs). Employment set an all-time high in Texas.

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