Southwest Region Experiences Yearly Construction Employment Gains, Only Arizona Gains From Previous Month
Arizona’s construction industry experienced more job growth than any other sector in July, adding 2,200 jobs in the month. It was one of only three sectors that did not face employment losses in the month. Overall, Arizona lost 14,800 non-farm jobs between June and July, according to non-seasonally adjusted numbers included in the state’s monthly employment report.
Construction experienced a small job loss in Nevada between June and July, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The sector shed 200 jobs and ranked 28th nationally with a -0.2% growth rate in the industry. The industry’s yearly numbers were positive, though, as the state added 5,500 jobs between July 2015 and July 2016. That equates to a 7.9% growth rate that ranks seventh nationally.
The construction industry added 400 non-seasonally adjusted jobs in New Mexico between June and July. Seasonally-adjusted numbers, on the other hand, show the state lost 200 jobs in the sector over the same time span. That growth rate of -0.5% ranks 31st nationally.