32 States Added Construction Jobs in Past 12 Months

Oil and gas, residential construction and dormant projects coming back on line drive jobs growth.

Between May 2012 and May 2013, 32 states added construction jobs while 17 states and Washington, D.C., shed workers and Idaho was unchanged, according to the analysis of job data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The group is calling on lawmakers to pass the Water Resources Development Act and the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline because the industry needs "measures that will strengthen the economy and help the construction industry continue to add jobs," said Stephen Sandherr, the AGC’s chief executive officer.

In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, "large development projects getting off the ground, stalled sites restarting and an uptick in single-family home construction" are considered reasons for the improving jobs picture.

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