Arizona tops nation in construction job loss
[Source: Phoenix Business Journal] — Construction employment in Arizona dropped 2.8 percent in July, and is down 28 percent since last year, the largest year-to-year hit among states, according to a report issued Friday by the Associated General Contractors. Total construction employment in Arizona stood at 136,700 in July, down by 53,000 jobs since July 2008. Nevada took the second largest hit with a year-over-year loss of 25.1 percent. Louisiana, among only two states with gains, stepped up the most with a 3.6 percent increase in construction jobs.
“There aren’t a lot of places construction workers can turn to avoid the steep layoffs sweeping the construction industry right now,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the group’s CEO. “Sadly, construction workers are feeling the full impact of declining state spending, a near halt in office and retail construction and stimulus spending that – with too many programs – has yet to materialize.” [Note: Read the full article at Arizona tops nation in construction job loss.]