Twelve-thousand construction jobs lost in Louisiana

State now dead last in construction ranking

Thomas Perumean
July 19, 2019 - 11:45 am

Chris Miller

As new hotels and apartment buildings go up seemingly all over New Orleans, the construction picture for the rest of the state is greatly different.  

Year-over-year, Louisiana lost 12,300 construction jobs according to a study from the Associated General Contractors of America.  That represents an eight percent drop.  AGC reports 18-hundred jobs were lost last month.  

By contrast, West Virginia leads the nation adding 11-hundred jobs in June and 81-hundred jobs over the year--a 19.8% growth in numbers.  Wyoming is second, Arizona is third.  

Louisiana dipped from 49th to 51st year-over-year.  To view the entire report, click here.  

Other states with large job losses include Massachusetts (-3,400 jobs, -2.1 percent), Maryland (-2,200 jobs, -1.4 percent), Connecticut (-1,000 jobs, -1.7 percent) and Montana (-800 jobs, -2.8 percent). Other states with a substantial percentage decline include Montana, Vermont (-2.7 percent, -400 jobs), Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland.

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