Washington construction jobs continued declining in May, with 700 fewer jobs available than in April, the Associated General Contractors of America said Tuesday.
According to the construction industry figures, 137,800 people held construction industry jobs in the state last month compared with 163,200 in May a year ago. That 15.6 percent year-to-year decline put Washington near the top of the list of states suffering the largest percentage declines in their active construction labor forces.
Only Nevada – with a 23 percent construction labor force decline – was worse than Washington, the construction trade association’s figures showed. With a 6.2 percent year-to-year gain, Kansas fared best.
The construction group said federal stimulus funds are creating some jobs, but not enough to compensate for the decline in private sector building.