A Positive Employment Report for August

The NAHB Eye on Housing reported an increase in nonfarm payroll employment from July to August this year. Nonfarm payroll employment increased to 31 states in August with 235,000. This was at a slower rate than seen in July with an increase of 1,053,000.

August saw a strong increase on a month-over-month basis in California where 104,300 jobs were created, in Texas 39,300 and New York 23,500 were created. Nineteen of the states and the District of Columbia saw a decline with a loss of 64,100 jobs.

Out of the 48 states which reported construction sector job information, 24 of those states saw an increase in both residential and non-residential construction jobs. Colorado, South Dakota and Utah saw no changes while Nevada added 3,000 construction jobs. There was a 4.4% increase in New Hampshire but a 3.7% in Kansas between July and August.

The construction sector jobs also saw an increase of 2.7% by 193,000 jobs on a year-over-year basis. California again came in at the top with 35,900 construction sector jobs while New York lost the most at 11,700 jobs. In percentage comparisons, Rhode Island had the highest growth at 13.9 which Wyoming at the worst at a decline of 7.7%.

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