Report: State's construction numbers down in most areas

Freeman Staff

March 21, 2014

WAUKESHA - Construction employment in Wisconsin either declined or was stagnant between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Statewide, the report said Wisconsin had 82,300 construction jobs for the period, a loss of 1,300 jobs, or 2 percent, from January 2013.

The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area lost 800 construction jobs, or 4 percent.

Other state decliners were Fond du Lac, 9 percent; Janesville, 4 percent; La Crosse, 4 percent; Appleton, 2 percent; Madison, 1 percent; and Kenosha County, 1 percent. Racine and Sheboygan showed no change.

The Oshkosh-Neenah area experienced the largest percentage increase, at 8 percent, and had a national ranking of 49th. Wausau added 5 percent more construction jobs, and Green Bay 2 percent.

Nationally, construction jobs increased in 195 out of 339 metro areas, according to the AGC. The Los Angeles-Long Beach and Glendale, Calif., region added the largest number of construction jobs and Pascagoula, Miss., had the largest percentage increase, at 46 percent. Gary, Ind., had the largest number of job losses and highest percentage loss.