Conn.’s construction labor market ranked 28 in 2012

Conn. construction trades ranked 28 in 2012. File photo CT Post

Connecticut’s construction industry finished 2012 down 100 jobs compared to the previous year, leaving the state’s overall hardhat employment rank at 28, just ahead of New Hampshire and just behind West Virginia and Vermont, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
AGC said Friday when all the state’s reported that Nebraska was tops in 2012, gaining 4,100 jobs in 12 months for an increase of 10 percent. The AGC ranks the state based on percentage gain.
Construction activity is a key component for economic growth as it has a multiplier effect across the sectors, growing jobs in service, transportation, materials and other sectors.
With “stagnate” as a common descriptive of the Connecticut economy, the 28th rank for construction fits.
The states with the largest gain in numbers were Texas, up 36,800, California with 24,500 and Washington, with 9,000 for the year.
Connecticut’s construction sector was down 0.2 percent, the lowest percent of any of the 24 states that reported building trades lost ground last year. The good news is that December was actually a positive month in Connecticut construction, where employers reported adding 400 jobs.
Massachusetts also finished ahead of Connecticut, as the Bay State, added 300 jobs for the year after a 1,300 gain in December. The land of the Kennedys was ranked 25.
Rhode Island had the worst 2012, losing 1,100 jobs or 6.7 percent.

Rob Varnon