WASHINGTON, D.C. --The State of Wisconsin and the U.S. both experienced their lowest not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rates on record for January, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Continued strength in construction resulted in a 7.3 percent January 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate, down 2.1 percent from January 2017, while Wisconsin's rate was 8.5 percent, down 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Excavator

Wisconsin's change is the tenth best year-over-year improvement of all 50 states.

"This is great economic news for our state, as it is a good indicator of the strength of construction into 2018," said John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Wisconsin Chapter. "But it's also an indicator of the continued challenges our industry faces with recruiting workers to these high-paying, highly-skilled jobs."

The states with the lowest estimated NSA construction unemployment rates in order from lowest to highest were:
1. Hawaii, 4.6 percent
2. Virginia, 4.8 percent
3. Texas, 4.9 percent
4. Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah (tie), 5.2 percent

The states with the highest NSA construction unemployment rates in order from lowest to highest were:
46. Illinois, 12.7 percent
47. Montana, 13.2 percent
48. Rhode Island, 13.9 percent
49. West Virginia, 14.1 percent
50. Alaska, 18.8 percent

The estimated construction unemployment rates were down in all 50 states on a year-over-year basis. At the same time, the construction industry employed 233,000 more workers than in January 2017.

"Strong construction activity is resulting in healthy construction employment," said Bernard M. Markstein, Ph.D., president and chief economist of Markstein Advisors, who conducted the analysis for ABC. "The analysis of January construction unemployment marks the first time that every state in the union had a lower rate than a year ago since the beginning of the estimates in 2000."

View tables including:
" Estimates of monthly 2016 and 2017 construction unemployment rates for each state using the data and the models prior to the benchmark revisions (December 2017 estimates);
" Estimates using the revised data and models following the benchmark revisions (January 2018 estimates); and
" A comparison of the difference between the new and old estimates (after revisions minus prior to revisions).

Because these industry-specific rates are not seasonally adjusted, national and state-level unemployment rates are best evaluated on a year-over-year basis. The monthly movement of the rates still provides some information, although extra care must be used in drawing conclusions from these movements.