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Kansas Ranks Lowest in the U.S. in Construction Jobs

March 17, 2016 3:15 PM | Deleted user

TOPEKA, KS (March 17, 2016) – According to analysis of United States Department of Labor data released this week by the Associated General Contractors of America, Kansas lost the highest percentage of construction jobs in January 2016 (-4.7%) and was one of six states in the U.S. to see a drop in construction employment over the past year. Association officials said the states with the lowest demand for construction are energy producing states, which have been hurt due to the steep drop in oil and gas drilling and coal mining. Bob Totten, vice president of the Kansas Contractors Association, said the enormous cuts to the Kansas road and bridge funding over recent years is also to blame for the lack of construction jobs across the state. “Yes, we can associate Kansas’s drop in employment with the oil and gas industry struggles, but we all know there is more to it, at least in our state,” Totten said. “More than $2.1 billion has been diverted from Kansas’ transportation program over the past six years, and money continues to be taken from our roads and bridges to fund the general budget. “This shortfall is in direct correlation to the lack of construction jobs,” Totten added. “If the money isn’t funding much-needed projects, the jobs aren’t going to be there either. It is time our state leaders close the ‘bank of KDOT’ and realize the more they withdraw, the more Kansans will suffer.” Other states that also saw a drop in construction jobs in January were Virginia (-3.4%), Kentucky(-2.7%), North Dakota (-2.5%) and Arkansas (-2.2%). States that added the most construction jobs were Tennessee (3.4%), Louisiana (2.4%), North Carolina (2%) and Florida (1.8%). View the complete state employment data by rank and state, or the state employment map. About Kansas Contractors Association The Kansas Contractors Association, a heavy, highway utility construction association, has been strongly involved in the building of a better Kansas since 1923 and has more than 235 companies as members. Working together, its members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill, integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in Kansas communities. For more information visit ###

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