Despite an overall employment downturn in Arizona, construction was one of six industries in the state that posted gains between May and June of this year, adding 3,100 jobs, according to seasonally-adjusted numbers from the Associated General Contractors of America. The state’s construction employment growth rate of 2.3% during that span ranks fourth nationally.
Nevada has nearly reached pre-recession employment but that recovery is not being felt across all sectors and industries. According to the state’s monthly employment release, the construction industry is still roughly 75,000 jobs short of reaching pre-recession levels. Still, the state posted an 8.7% year over year construction employment growth rate, which ties Arizona for the fifth highest rate nationally. That equates to 6,000 construction jobs added during that span, according to seasonally adjusted numbers.
Employment in New Mexico remained relatively stagnant as the unemployment rate remained fixed between May and June at 6.2%. The construction industry saw similar stagnation, posting a net gain/loss of zero jobs during that span, according to the state’s non-seasonally adjusted numbers. However, seasonally-adjusted numbers have the state losing 500 construction jobs between May and June.