Vermont showed surprisingly positive results in January in both construction employment and construction contracts. Thirty-six states lost construction jobs between January 2010 and 2011, even as more states added construction jobs than lost them between December and January, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Association officials cautioned that despite the increase in monthly employment, the construction industry is still facing severe economic headwinds.‘It is encouraging to see more states adding jobs instead of losing them between December and January,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘Yet despite those monthly gains, we’re still a long way from seeing the kind of construction employment figures states experienced in 2006 and 2007.’FW Dodge reports. Top group, January 2011; bottom group, December 2010.The largest percentage drop in construction employment for the year occurred in Nevada (-12.9 percent, -8,400 jobs), followed by Georgia (-12.5 percent, -19,100 jobs); Wisconsin (-8.2 percent, -8,000 jobs); and Kentucky (-8.2 percent, 5,700 jobs). Florida lost the most construction jobs over the past 12 months (-24,000 jobs, -6.7 percent). Other states experiencing large overall declines in construction employment included Georgia; North Carolina (-13,900 jobs, 7.7 percent); and New York (-12,500 jobs, -4.0 percent).Simonson noted fourteen states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between January 2010 and January 2011. Texas added the largest number of construction jobs for the year (33,400 jobs, 5.9 percent). Other states adding large numbers of construction jobs included Michigan (8,300 jobs, 6.8 percent); Pennsylvania (7,100 jobs, 3.3 percent); and Tennessee (4,400 jobs, 4.3 percent). Maine, meanwhile, added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (8.7 percent, 2,100 jobs), Simonson noted.Harsh winter weather affecting much of the country in January likely contributed to some of the annual and monthly state job losses, Simonson cautioned. Among the 20 states losing construction jobs between December and January, Georgia lost the most (-6,300 jobs, -4.5 percent). Other states losing large numbers of jobs included North Carolina (-5,100 jobs, -3.0 percent) and Kansas (-4,800 jobs, -8.9 percent). Kansas lost the highest percentage of construction jobs, followed by South Dakota (-4.8 percent, -1,000 jobs) and South Carolina (-4.6 percent, -3,600 jobs).Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December and January, while employment levels in Delaware remained unchanged, Simonson noted. California added the highest number of jobs (17,800 jobs, 3.2 percent), followed by Illinois (8,800 jobs, 4.6 percent); Michigan (5,900 jobs, 4.7 percent); and Ohio (5,200 jobs, 3.2 percent). Vermont added the highest percentage of construction jobs (5.4 percent, 700 jobs); followed by Maine (5.2 percent, 1,300 jobs); Michigan; and Illinois.Association officials said the new construction employment figures indicate that more needs to be done to help the construction industry recover. They noted that the association was planning to release a comprehensive set of recommendations on March 15th designed to boost private sector demand for construction, help the nation address the infrastructure deficit and cut needless regulations and red tape.‘Allowing this industry to continue to stagnate will have significant long-term impacts on the strength of the labor market and the quality of America’s private and public buildings and infrastructure,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.
Press Association “I feel like I struck the ball well for the most part,” McIlroy told the tournament’s website. “On the greens I didn’t get anything going with the putter and anytime I missed the green I didn’t really get anything going.” The Northern Irishman admitted some frustrations at the Doral conditions. “It’s a frustrating golf course because you feel like you should be doing so much better, and it just doesn’t allow you to,” he said. “You have to be so precise and just to get the ball close on some of these greens and these pin positions. I don’t know if it’s because you’ve got memories of the course before, like going low, and the way it is now it just doesn’t allow you to do that.” Reed credited hard work for his success. “It means a lot to come out here and play as well as I did, with Tiger close to the lead and Hunter Mahan really close, Jason Dufner, all those great guys that are Major winners who have been on Ryder Cup teams,” he said. “They are just outstanding players. “I have a lot of confidence in my game. It’s one of those things that you build confidence by how hard you work, and I feel like I’m one of the hardest workers out here and it definitely shows.” Starting as overnight leader, Reed looked firmly on course for victory after opening up with three birdies in four holes, with a bogey on the par-four second taking him to six under par overall. However, he would not make another birdie for the rest of the day, which left him hanging on for his third PGA Tour victory, having triumphed at the Wyndham Championship in August 2013 and the Humana Challenge earlier this year. Reed began and finished the day on four under par overall, with compatriot Bubba Watson and Donaldson settling for a tie for second. Woods eventually finished nine shots adrift of Reed after a disastrous final round 78, with his back injury clearly hampering his efforts. The world number one was in contention after a superb six-under-par 66 on Saturday left him three shots adrift overnight. Needing a strong start to have any chance of putting pressure on the frontrunners, Woods began with two pars but bogeys at the third and fourth undermined his challenge and another one at the sixth left him needing a miracle. In the end, it was to the 38-year-old’s credit that he managed to complete his round, as he came home in a tie for 25th. Rory McIlroy had begun the weekend one shot off the lead, but the former world number one suffered a dismal final two rounds to finish five shots off the pace. Patrick Reed held his nerve to triumph in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida as Tiger Woods was unable to mount a challenge on the final day. Reed appeared to be cruising to the biggest win of his career after taking a four-shot lead into the final nine holes before starting to struggle, with a bogey on the 15th leaving him just one clear of Welshman Jamie Donaldson. However, Donaldson made his first bogey of the day on the last to give Reed some breathing room and the 23-year-old American managed to steady himself to record a one-shot victory.