Latest Numbers Show Construction Employment Gains in Less than Half the States
The growth of construction employment across the country was somewhat soft between March and April as only 23 states added workers with California leading the way (12,000 jobs), followed by Florida (4,400), Wisconsin (3,500), Iowa (3,300) and Connecticut (2,400). At 4.3 percent, Idaho increased construction employment at the highest rate. Tennessee (-3,500 jobs) was the biggest loser followed by Virginia (-3,000), Michigan (-2,700) and Kentucky (-2,300).
Victor Mendez, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that their Smart City Challenge, "a competition to create a first of its kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future," has narrowed the finalists down to Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Pittsburgh; Kansas City; San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The winner will receive up to $40 million from the DOT plus other contributions from the private sector to implement their plan that will then be a test case for other cities throughout the country.