Construction hiring on the rise in Michigan and Kansas

It appears as if the rebounding economy is helping to create more construction industry jobs in Michigan and Kansas.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Michigan employment officials are cautiously optimistic that the construction trade is regaining momentum with the hiring of approximately 126,000 workers over the past year.

The news source said that the demand for specialty trade workers and services makes the state the first in the nation in construction workforce growth. Michigan's major metropolitan regions are seeing some of the largest growth due to a number of new commercial construction projects. The Lansing area had the largest percentage gain of workers in the construction sector last year at 21 percent.

Meanwhile, in Kansas, the state is also seeing healthy gains in the construction sector, reporting that more than 1,700 new jobs in the industry were created since May 2010.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the increase in construction hiring is largely due to heavy and civil engineering projects including transportation repairs on roads, highways and bridges.

Kansas Department of Labor economist Inayat Noormohmad told the news agency that private construction projects also played a role in state employment gains over the past 12 months.