There’s been a four percent drop in the number of jobs in Iowa’s construction industry over the past year.  

An Associated General Contractors of America analysis found just 25 of the country’s metropolitan areas had growth in the construction industry.  The analysis covered the 12-month period that ended June 30th.

In the Des Moines metro, there’s been a loss of about 500 construction jobs — a decline of about five percent. In Cedar Rapids, the drop in construction jobs was less, about one percent. There was a two percent decline in the number of construction jobs in the Quad Cities.  The Omaha/Council Bluffs metro recorded a loss of about 2500 construction jobs, a 10 percent decline. 

Over the past 12 months there was a 10 percent decline in the number of construction jobs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  In neighboring Wisconsin, the Associated General Contractors report shows stability, with essentially no job losses from June of 2009 through June of 2010.  In Missouri, there was an overall 12 percent drop in construction jobs.  In Illinois, the drop was eight percent for the year.

State-by-state analysis from Associated General Contractors of America.