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AGC: Construction employment declines in 48 states in August

Post Time:Sep 18,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:101

Construction employment saw significant declines in all but two states this August compared to last year according to an analysis of new state-by-state employment figures released today [Sept. 18] by the federal government.The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, however did show that the number of states gaining construction jobs increased slightly in August compared to July 2009.

"Construction employment continues to shrink at an alarming rate," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. "I don't expect much improvement in construction employment until stimulus money flows more broadly, the federal-aid highway program is renewed, and home building gains momentum," according to a Sept. 18 Construction Employment report.

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