Construction jobs fall in Michigan as the state loses jobs to Mexico
Construction jobs are falling in Michigan after a year-long decline that has been driven by a surge in construction jobs from Mexico, according to a new report.
The Michigan Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday that the U.S. economy added 9,700 construction jobs in May, the lowest since June 2011, as more Americans searched for jobs in the construction industry.
The number of construction jobs fell by 9,400 to 3,300, the report said.
Construction jobs are the mainstay of the Michigan economy and provide nearly all of the jobs created in the state.
Construction is also a major industry in Michigan and has contributed to the state’s booming economy.
But the jobs decline has been a boon for Mexico.
According to the U, construction employment in Mexico has jumped from 3.4 million workers in 2011 to 5.3 million in 2016.
The growth in construction work is especially notable as Mexico has recently begun to ramp up its military presence in the United States.