A state level analysis of the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) nationwide total nonfarm payroll report, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), with a focus specifically on the construction sector, reports that in the 48 states that reported construction sector jobs data — which includes both residential as well as non-residential construction — 23 states reported an increase in June compared to May, while 24 states lost construction sector jobs. Maine reported no change. Georgia added 5,700 construction jobs while New York lost 6,900. Overall, the construction industry lost 7,000 jobs in June compared to the previous month. In percentage terms, Kentucky increased by 3.4% while Vermont reported a decline of 3.4% between May and June. Looking at it from a year-over-year prospectus, construction sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 239,000, which is a 3.3% increase compared to the June 2020 level. California added 27,300 jobs, which was the largest gain of any state, while Alabama lost 4,300 jobs, which was the largest decline. In percentage terms, Rhode Island had the highest annual growth rate in the construction sector by 18.1%. Over this period, Wyoming reported the largest decline at 6.7%.
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Employment Situation in June: State-Level Analysis