This market tends to ride out recessions better than some other regions by not getting too high in the good times or too low in the troughs. Minneapolis perennially is one of the nation's leaders in new housing activity. This year is no exception, with metropolitan Minneapolis ranking 11th nationally in building permits through this June. A surge in health-care construction has helped offset the manufacturing slide in the St. Louis market, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Millions in health-care construction is on the drawing boards or already underway in the city's prosperous western suburbs. Some is part of a $225-million building campaign by BJC Health Care to upgrade seven of its hospitals in Missouri. The brightest light in the Kansas City construction scene is the $500-million development boom underway near the new Kansas Speedway.
|West North Central||3,819.3||3,768.2||3,657.6||3,645.3||3,731.7||3,860.0|
|West North Central||53,576||1,228.1||4,884.3||1,472.6|
|Cedar Rapids MSA||1,566*||17.5||57.1||10.3|
|Des Moines MSA||1,661||19.4||167.3||33.0|
|Iowa City MSA||316*||5.1||29.4||25.2|
|Sioux City MSA||309*||13.0||30.2||7.3|
|Waterloo-Cedar Falls MSA||302*||15.1||34.6||9.2|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA||9,402||201.1||923.7||217.0|
|St. Cloud MSA||493*||16.5||45.4||11.0|
|Kansas City MSA||6,597*||77.1||487.3||129.5|
|St. Louis MSA||8,360*||146.5||725.9||138.2|
|Grand Forks MSA||324*||3.4||24.2||10.1|
|Rapid City MSA||455*||3.4||32.3||6.5|
|Sioux Falls MSA||624*||11.9||71.7||10.0|
| NA — Not available |
MSA — Metropolitan Statistical Area
PMSA — Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area
CMSA — Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
^ — This regional electrical contractor employment number utilizes both 2002 and 2003 employment figures. For directional purposes only.
EC — Electrical contractor employees for March 2003. Actual numbers.
* — Electrical contractor employees for March 2002. Actual numbers.
M — Manufacturing employees for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, and other services) for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
G — Government employees for July 2003. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics