The Louisiana construction industry took a hit over the past 12 months, losing more jobs, both in total number and by percentage, than any other state in the nation.
The state lost 12,300 jobs, an 8% drop, over the past year, according to an Associated General Contractors of American analysis of Labor Department data. Louisiana was one of eight states that lost construction jobs over the period, and the only one located in the South. Other losers were Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Montana and Vermont.
California added the most construction jobs, with 40,300, followed by Texas (39,500), Florida (25,800), Arizona (18,200) and Georgia (12,700).
Construction employment also decreased from May to June in Louisiana, with the state losing 1,800 jobs, a 1.3% decrease that was the third largest in the nation.
Louisiana’s losses are in stark contrast to most of the nation, which is struggling to find workers to fill construction positions. Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO, says that most contractors are eager to add more high-paying middle-class jobs if they could find more qualified workers to hire. Read the full report.