Published July 21, 2014
South Carolina lost 600 construction-related jobs between May and June, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.
The Palmetto State had 80,700 construction jobs in June compared with 81,300 for the previous month, representing a 0.7% decline, the trade group reported.
However, in a year-over-year comparison, construction employment in June was up by 1,500 jobs, or 1.9%, compared with June 2013 figures, the association said.
South Carolina was among in 27 states that lost construction jobs between May and June, the association said.
“The overall trend in construction employment remains favorable, with three-fourths of states adding jobs on a year-over-year basis,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But the recovery remains choppy, not steady. In June, monthly gains occurred in fewer than half the states, and the nation added just 6,000 construction jobs.”
Florida led all states in percentage and total gains in construction employment with an increase of 41,700 jobs or about 11.5%.