Vermont gained the second most construction-related jobs in November, but still ranks only 45th in the nation over the last year. Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted.‘It is encouraging that the number of states adding jobs year-over-year was higher in November than at any time since February 2008,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘However, the data also make clear that these gains are as spotty as they are tenuous.’Simonson noted, for example, that California had the largest monthly increase in construction employment’adding 7,800 jobs’but also the largest 12-month drop’36,900 jobs, or 6.4 percent. New Jersey and New York had the next-highest number of construction job gains in November with 4,500. New Jersey also led the nation in monthly percentage gains (3.7 percent), followed by Vermont (3.4 percent, 400 jobs) and Maine (2.5 percent, 600 jobs).The largest year-over-year percentage gains occurred in Oklahoma (9.2 percent, 6,100 jobs), New Hampshire (6.7 percent, 1,500 jobs) and Kansas (4.7 percent, 2,700 jobs). Texas had the largest increase in the number of construction employees (13,400 jobs, 2.4 percent).Washington had the largest number of monthly job losses (4,200 jobs), followed by Utah (2,400 jobs) and North Carolina (2,300). In November, employment shrank in 29 states and held steady in D.C. and Alaska.On a year-over-year basis, the largest losses were in California (36,900 jobs, -6.4 percent), Nevada (16,600 jobs, -22.0 percent’the steepest percentage decline) and Florida (12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent). Other large year-over-year percentage declines occurred in Idaho (-15.5 percent, 5,100 jobs) and Montana (-11.2 percent, 2,700 jobs). In all, 36 states lost construction jobs over the past 12 months, while construction employment was unchanged in Massachusetts.Association officials cautioned that construction employment figures were likely to fluctuate and possibly drop over the coming months as many stimulus-funded projects begin to wind down and private-sector demand remains weak. They added that newly passed legislation that prevented steep tax increases, including for many small construction firms, will help boost overall economic activity and could drive new demand for construction later next year.‘The tax bill is a step in the right direction because it will revitalize the economy and help boost private-sector construction demand,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. ‘But Congress still needs to act on long-delayed infrastructure bills and provide businesses with relief from an increasingly costly regulatory burden.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.
Black Stallion’s Captain Azeez Ladipo also made 6 Conversions, while substitute Scrum Half Monday Omorogieva concluded proceedings with 2 precise conversions which brought the total points in the second half to 42 points to 7 points.The Nigerien Rugby National Team scored a consolation try of their own in the 71st minute to keep the score line at a respectable 59points to 13points in favourof The Black Stallions.This international rugby test match was organised by Rugby Afrique to welcome Nigeria back to its fold after the lifting of the International Suspension.Nigeria Rugby National team the Black Stallions newly appointed South Africa Coach Mr. Bronson Weir was full of praise for his lads whom he described as work in progress.The President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Mr. Kelechukwu Mbagwu who led the Nigerian delegation showered so much praise and reward on the team and the Most Valuable Player of the match; Samuel Ekpo (Flanker) for his sterling and dogged display throughout the match.The next international rugby match will be in September in the Africa Rugby Regional Sevens championship in Ivory Coast which is also a Pre – Olympic qualifiers and an All Africa Games/Africa Rugby Bonze Cup qualifiers for 2019.Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commissioner’s representative Mr. Yakubu Adamu (Senior Consulor) who came alongside other Nigeria community members in Niamey to support the team were full of accolades for the fantastic display by the Black Stallions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Rugby National Team, the Black Station trashed their Nigerien counterpart by 59 points to 13 points in an explosive international rugby test match last weekend at the Stade General Seyni Kountchede – Niamey.Nigerian Captain, Azeez Ladipo opened proceeding with a penalty goal just five minutes into the game.Joshua Etim scored the first Try of the match which was ably converted by Ladipo Azeez, while Christian Ogar scored the second Try and also converted by sure footer Azeez Ladipo.