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From the category archives: State Unemployment

May Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 45 States, Says ABC

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, June 26—Estimated May construction unemployment rates fell in 45 states on a year-over-year basis, rose in four states and were unchanged in one state (Alabama), according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

April Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 19 States, Says ABC

Friday, June 1, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, June 1—Estimated April construction unemployment rates fell in 19 states on a year-over-year basis, were unchanged in four states and rose in 27 states, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

March Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 37 States, Says ABC

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, May 1—The March 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was down 1 percent from March 2017, and estimated construction unemployment rates also fell in 37 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, the lowest national March rate on record. Read the rest of entry »

February Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 34 States, Says ABC

Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:30 PM
WASHINGTON, April 3—The February 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, down 1 percent from February 2017 and the lowest national February rate on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Estimated construction unemployment rates were down in 34 states on a year-over-year basis, unchanged in one state (Arizona) and up in 15 states. Read the rest of entry »

January Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in All 50 States, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, March 21—Continued strength in construction resulted in a 7.3 percent January 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate, down 2.1 percent from January 2017 and the lowest national January rate on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Further, estimated construction unemployment rates were down in all 50 states on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

December Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 46 States as Nation Posts Lowest December Rate on Record, Says ABC

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1:51 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31—The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in December, down 1.5 percent from December 2016 and the lowest December rate on record, according to an analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Estimated construction unemployment rates were down in 46 states on a year-over-year basis, unchanged in one (Idaho) and up in three states (Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).
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Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 36 States as Nation Posts Lowest November Rate on Record, Says ABC

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 9:28 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3—The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 5 percent in November, down 0.7 percent from a year ago and the lowest November rate on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The construction industry employed 191,000 more workers than in November 2016.
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Hurricane Recovery Helps Construction Unemployment Rate Hit Lowest October Mark on Record

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:07 AM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28—The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in October, down 1.2 percent from a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. It was the lowest October rate on record, matching the rate in 2006, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Further, the construction industry employed 180,000 more workers than in October 2016. Construction unemployment rates were also down in 44 states on a year-over-year basis, unchanged in one (South Dakota) and up in five states.
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Hurricane Impact Comes into View as 41 States See September Construction Unemployment Rate Improvement

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31—The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in September, down 0.5 percent from a year ago and the second lowest September rate on record behind the 4.6 percent rate in September 2000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. Construction unemployment rates were also down in 41 states on a year-over-year basis while rates rose in nine states, according to an analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Further, the construction industry employed 173,000 more workers than in September 2016.
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Construction Unemployment Improves in 35 States as Rate Falls to Lowest Ever for August

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 8:44 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27—The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, down 0.4 percent from a year ago and the lowest August rate on record, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. Unemployment rates were also down in 35 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Rates rose in nine states and were unchanged in six. Further, the construction industry employed 206,000 more workers than in August 2016.

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