Idaho tops rankings for construction job gains

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMarch 17, 2014 

Idaho gained 5.8 percent in construction employment between December and January, adding 1,900 jobs, according to a national group.

The Gem State ranked at the top in the nation for highest percentage of new construction jobs in that one-month period, the Associated General Contractors of America said Monday. Ohio added the largest number, with 8,000 new construction jobs during that month.

"Right now, demand seems strong enough in many parts of the country to keep many people working in harsh, wintery conditions," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's CEO.

"But demand for new workers will certainly cool this summer should Congress and the [Obama] administration fail to address the looming transportation funding shortfalls that threaten billions of dollars worth of construction projects," Sandherr said, referring to projections that the federal highway trust fund, which pays for transportation projects around the country, could run dry this summer.

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