The recovery of the construction industry in the U.S. remains uneven as states struggle to rebound from the financial crisis, according to this article. States such as Nevada, Arizona and Florida -- hit hard by the housing crisis -- remain below their 2006 construction employment peak, according to an analysis of federal jobs data from the Associated General Contractors of America. However, two states -- North Dakota and Louisiana -- have exceeded their 2006 employment level. The recovery is "fragile and fragmentary," according to Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist.

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