ARLINGTON, VA -- Illinois added 14,200 construction jobs in August, the most in the nation, while Minnesota lost the most and New Mexico experienced the largest monthly percent decline.

Overall, construction jobs were added in half the states in August, while the number of states with year-over-year job gains rose to 10 from just six in July, according to the Associated General Contractors analysis of state employment data released by the Labor Department. The number of states that increased construction employment over 12 months was the largest since October 2008.

“National construction employment has been flat since March, and more areas have seen an upturn in employment, while job losses in the remaining states are less severe than previously,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the construction trade association. “But the gains may be fleeting unless Congress and the Administration enact long-term infrastructure funding bills before the current stimulus funds are exhausted.”

Read the Associated General Contractors of America's press release.

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