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Construction Employment Rose in Most States, Cities Last Year

2014 saw 43 states and the District of Columbia increase their number of construction jobs, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) — as did two-thirds of the 358 metro areas the association tracks.

The states showing the greatest increases were Texas (49,600 jobs, 7.9 percent), California (37,800 jobs, 5.7 percent) and Florida (31,800 jobs, 8.3 percent). North Dakota saw the greatest percentage increase, adding 4,300 jobs to raise employment 13.4 percent.

The cities that saw the greatest increases were Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (14,100 jobs, 7 percent); Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (11,200 jobs, 10 percent); Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (10,300 jobs, 12 percent); and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (10,200 jobs, 14 percent).

The seven states that lost construction jobs were Mississippi, Indiana, West Virginia, Minnesota, Maine, Delaware and Nebraska. The cities experiencing the greatest losses were St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. (-3,900 jobs, -7 percent); Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (-3,000 jobs, -10 percent); New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-2,200 jobs, -7 percent); and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-2,100 jobs, -21 percent).

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