A new report found that across the country, jobs in the construction industry are weak. However, the state of Nebraska leads the country in the strength of job growth.
The Associated General Contractors of America analyzed data from the U.S. Labor Department for the study. It found between May 2011 and May 2012, construction employment declined in 30 states. From April to May 2012, construction employment 28 states saw a decline.
Nebraska was not among them in either case. In the Cornhusker State, the number of construction jobs grew by 3,400 or 8.2% in May. That percentage was at the top in the U.S.
Iowa, however, lost 900 construction jobs in May. That is a 1.4% decline, putting the Hawkeye State 33rd on the national list.
When you compare year-to-year (May 2011 to May 2012) job growth, Nebraska ranked third in the country with a 10.6% job growth. Iowa ranked sixth with a 9.8% growth.
To view the rankings for all states, click here.