AGCA: R.I. construction employment ticks up 4.9% in Sept.

RHODE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION employment increased 4.9 percent year over year in September, ranking No. 4 in New England and No. 23 in the country. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
RHODE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION employment increased 4.9 percent year over year in September, ranking No. 4 in New England and No. 23 in the country. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment increased 900 jobs year over year to 19,200 jobs in September, a 4.9 percent increase, according to the Associated General Contractors of America Friday.

The employment growth in the construction sector ranked No. 23 in the United States and fourth in New England.

New Hampshire had the highest construction-employment growth rate in the region at 9.7 percent, ranking No. 5 in the nation.

Connecticut had the second-highest growth rate in New England at 8.6 percent, ranking No. 7 in the country, followed by Massachusetts at 6.7 percent, ranking No. 16 in the U.S.

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Massachusetts construction employment increased 10,300 jobs year over year to 163,600.

Vermont ranked fifth in the region, behind Rhode Island, at 2.6 percent growth, ranking No. 34 in the nation. Maine ranked last in New England and No. 39 in the country with 1.8 percent construction-employment growth.

Florida ranked No. 1 in the country for construction-employment growth rate in September, rising 14.8 percent, or 70,700 jobs, year over year.

New Jersey had the worst construction-employment growth rate in the country, declining 6.1 percent year over year in September.