R.I. construction employment up 4.9% in July

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island increased 4.9 percent year over year in July, ranking No. 19 in the nation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island increased 4.9 percent year over year in July, ranking No. 19 in the nation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

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

The year-over-year construction-employment growth rate in July in the Ocean State ranked No. 19 in the country and fourth in New England behind New Hampshire (9.8 percent), Massachusetts (7.6 percent) and Connecticut (5.5 percent), with national ranks of No. 4, No. 10 and No. 15, respectively.

Maine ranked No. 28 in the nation at 3.6 percent year-over-year growth in July and Vermont ranked No. 37 at 2 percent growth.

Nevada ranked No. 1 in the country in July, with a 10.9 percent year-over-year growth rate, an increase of 9,100 workers to 92,400 workers.

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New Jersey had the largest year-over-year construction-employment decline rate at -3.9 percent in July.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.