A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction employment rose in 20 U.S. states from the month of June to July 2012. The largest increase was seen in Rhode Island, where those employed in construction rose from 15.7 thousand to 16.3 thousand—an increase of 3.8 percent.

Other states showing sizable increases included Hawaii, where the number of construction-related employees rose from 27.6 thousand in June to 28.4 thousand in July—an increase of 3.0 percent. Likewise, West Virginia saw a 2.6 percent increase from 34.9 thousand in June to 35.8 thousand in July.

The greatest drop in the United States was seen in Arkansas, where the number of construction employees dropped from 43.9 thousand in June to 42.1 thousand in July—a fall of 4.1 percent.

Missouri was close behind, with a 3.8 percent decrease from 97.7 thousand to 94.0 thousand.

Texas currently holds the nation’s record for largest number employed in the construction industry—with 582.2 thousand in June and 582.4 thousand in July, an increase of 0.3 percent.

Construction employment in Alaska and Utah remained stable with no changes for the period in question.


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