FACT CHECK — Abercrombie: Hawaii Construction Jobs Grew at 2nd Highest Rate in Nation

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UPDATED 12/28/11

Editor's note: The grade for this Fact Check was changed from "In Progress" to "False."

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says his administration is "doing infrastructure smarter" by heavily investing in capital projects across the state.

The result, he says, is a direct boost to Hawaii's construction industry.

"These projects are contributing to Hawaii having the nation's second highest rate of growth in construction jobs over the last year," Abercrombie said in a recent posting to his website, "First Year Actions & Accomplishments", which wraps up his first year in office.

Those projects are part of a $2.9 billion capital improvements budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal years. The governor has since proposed tacking on another $1.2 billion to the 2013 CIP budget.

Has the Abercrombie administration's capital works plan spurred construction jobs at a higher rate than most states?

Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz pointed Civil Beat to the source of the claim: a monthly ranking by the Associated General Contractors of America. The association says its rankings are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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