AGCA: R.I. construction employment grew 4.9% in May

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT in Rhode Island increased 4.9 percent year over year in May, ranking No. 4 in New England and No. 18 in the U.S./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT in Rhode Island increased 4.9 percent year over year in May, ranking No. 4 in New England and No. 18 in the U.S./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment grew 4.9 percent year over year in May, the fourth-fastest rate in New England, according to the Associated General Contractors of America Friday.

The state added 900 jobs from May 2017 to May 2018 for a total of 19,200 jobs. The 4.9 percent growth ranked No. 18 in the country.

Maine had the fastest construction employment growth in New England, growing 7.2 percent year over year in May. New Hampshire ranked No. 2 in the region with 6.8 percent construction-employment growth. Massachusetts ranked No. 3 with 5.9 percent growth to a total of 158,400 construction workers.

Vermont and Connecticut ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the region with 4 percent growth and 0.7 percent growth, respectively.

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West Virginia had the fastest construction-employment growth in the United States with an 11.1 percent year-over-year increase. California added the most construction jobs over the year, increasing 50,000 jobs to 856,700 workers.

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between May 2017 and May 2018. Six states experienced a year-over-year construction-employment decline.