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Fla., Mo., Iowa, Alaska Add Construction Jobs

Oct. 26, 2012

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Construvtion Jobs

Florida added 4,200 construction jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent, in September compared to a year ago, the Associated General Contractors said in a report based on labor data.

The largest percentage of construction employment gains since September 2011 were in Missouri, which added 4,300 jobs; Iowa, 2,200 jobs; and Alaska, 400 jobs. Missouri added the most jobs during September, followed by Florida.

But construction employment declined in 28 states from September 2011 to September 2012 even as 30 states added jobs during the past month, AGC said.

Florida lost half its construction employment, which peaked at lost 384,000 jobs since the peak during the housing boom, during the recession and housing crisis.

Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist, said there are a lot of construction projects on hold as owners wait "for a clearer picture of where the economy is heading."

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2012 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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