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North Carolina construction employment up 3.5 percent

North Carolina’s construction employment grew by 3.5 percent, or 5,900 jobs, in January versus the same month in 2011, the Associated General Contractors of America said Tuesday.

Construction employment rose in 28 states and the District of Columbia over the period, while 20 states lost construction jobs and two held steady – the best net positive showing for state construction employment since 2007, according to AGC’s analysis of Department of Labor data

But North Carolina shed construction jobs from December to January, during which time employment fell 0.6 percent from 177,700 jobs to 176,700.

Over the same period, 35 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs, while 13 states had decreases for the month and two states had no change.

“There is accumulating evidence that construction has passed its low point in a majority of states, although shrinking public construction will hold down the improvement in many locations,” Ken Simonson, the Arlington, Va.-based association’s chief economist, said. “Moreover, the gains this January partly reflect very mild weather this winter and exceptionally cold and snowy conditions a year before.”

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