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Construction workers suffer more job losses in 49 states and D.C. in October

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Construction workers continued to suffer dramatic job losses as all but one state saw declines in construction employment this October compared to last year, according to an analysis of new state-by-state employment figures released today [Nov. 20]by the federal government. The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, points to the need for Washington officials to include new infrastructure investments as they consider proposals for a new "jobs" bill.

"A shockingly large portion of the construction industry's workforce has simply evaporated," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. He added that the national construction unemployment rate of 18.7 percent was the highest of any sector in October and the industry accounted for one-fifth of all job losses in the past year, even though construction only employs one out of 20 workers, according to a Nov. 20 Associated General Contractors of America release.

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