Mississippi led all states with an 18 percent rise (8,500 jobs) in construction employment between December 2012 and December 2013. That’s one of many interesting figures highlighted in a press release from the Associated General Contractors, or AGC. Other states with solid 12-month percentage gains include Florida, Wyoming, Texas and Connecticut. One cautionary note: The AGC is raising a red flag about several states that experienced construction employment declines in the last two months of 2013. Officials are hoping the drop is temporary and a result of the fierce winter weather.