Report: Wisconsin construction jobs up in January

By Dwayne Butler - Freeman Staff

March 18, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Construction employment improved by 1.6 percent in Wisconsin between December and January, according to an analysis released Monday by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data.

Wisconsin gained 1,600 jobs and ranks 18th in the country, with 98,900 jobs. From January 2013 to January 2014, Wisconsin has gained 2,700 jobs - a 2.8 percent increase - and ranks 27th in the country, according to the AGC of America.

All told, construction firms added jobs in 38 states from January 2013 to January 2014, while 27 states had employment gains from December 2013 to January 2014, the AGC of America said.

Association officials said the fact so many states added construction jobs for the year and month despite harsh winter conditions in many parts of the country is a sign that demand appears to be recovering.

“Especially considering the fact many parts of the country experienced very harsh weather in January, these construction jobs figures are particularly robust,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, in a statement. “Yet some of these gains will be at risk if federal transportation funding comes to halt this summer as predicted.”

Kansas led all states, with a 10.7 percent increase (5,900 jobs) in construction employment between January 2013 and January 2014.

For the period, nine states and the District of Columbia lost jobs.

Idaho had the highest percentage of new construction jobs between December 2013 and January 2014, at 5.8 percent (1,900 jobs). Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia lost jobs in that time.