Where are residents still feeling the effects of the recession and where have they put it in the rearview? A new state-by-state breakdown by the Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group, finds both pockets of strength and continued weakness. According to The Wall Street Journal:
The energy boom—from fracking to refineries and ports—has helped lift Mississippi, Louisiana, North Dakota and Montana’s construction sectors. Those four states and Hawaii are the top five for construction as a percentage of GDP. A resurgence in tourism and defense spending benefited Hawaii, according to Bernard Markstein, president of Markstein Advisors and author of the study.
Read More to find out the 5 bottom states for construction as a percentage of GDP. Hint: they're all in the Midwest or Northeast, except one.