Washington ranked 26th in the nation in construction job losses in 2010, new statistics from the Associated General Contractors of America show.
The state gained 800 construction jobs in December last year compared with November, but for the year the total was 3,300 less than in December 2009.
That’s a loss of 2.3 percent of the construction workforce for the year. Some 138,900 workers were employed in construction in Washington in December.
A band of states in the middle of the country, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, ranked at the top of the construction jobs list, actually gaining jobs over the previous year.
Oklahoma saw a 9.2 percent gain. Texas was second with a 5.8 percent job increase, and Kansas posted a 4.8 percent jump in construction employment.
At the bottom of the AGC list was Nevada where the construction job rolls are down 19.1 percent because of the nation’s most troubled housing industry and a huge cutback in casino construction projects.
Oregon ranked 30th on the list with a 4.1 percent decline in construction employment.