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Nonfarm employment is up 1.7% compared to September 2017 for a total of 2.5 million added jobs, according to the NAHB.

During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Southern region increased by 2.5% and in the Western region by 2.4%, while The Midwest and the Northeast recorded the lowest gains at 1.3%.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 15 states in September 2018 compared to August 2018. Alaska and Rhode Island reported no change during this time. Nationwide, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 134,000 over the month of September, a considerably lower level than the increase of 270,000 jobs in August.

Year-over-year, 48 states and the District of Columbia increased in employment while two states, Alaska and Vermont, lost payroll employment during the month of September. The same number of states increased and decreased (Alaska and Vermont) in employment over the year ending in August.

Year-over-year, the U.S added 315,000 construction sector jobs which is a 4.5% increase compared to September 2017. Florida had the highest annual growth in construction sector by 14.8%. Georgia (12.2%) and Arizona (10.8%) round out the top three. Over this period, New Jersey reported the largest decline at 6.1%, followed by Kentucky (-1.2%) and Mississippi (-0.5%).

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