North Carolina lost 3 percent of its construction jobs between October 2010 and October 2011, according to an analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contactors of America.
The state posted 179,000 construction jobs in October of 2010, and that had declined to 174,300 a year later, reports the Triangle Business Journal.
Construction jobs in the Triangle were about flat over the same period of time. They rose a mere 1 percent to 28,900, in the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area over the past year. The number of construction jobs stayed at 7,200 in the Durham-Chapel Hill MSA.
The biggest loser among the state’s largest cities was Wilmington, where the number of construction jobs fell by 21 percent, to 7,200.
Nationally, construction employment declined in 146 out of 337 metropolitan areas between October 2010 and October 2011, the AGC said.
“Declining federal investments in infrastructure projects, including highway and transit work, are making matters worse for construction employment in many communities,” Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, said in a prepared statement. “If it wasn’t for a slight increase in private sector demand, construction employment would be down in even more communities.” Read More.