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Construction jobs increase in Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE About 600 more people were employed in Charlotte area construction jobs in June than in May, and about 1,100 more were employed in those jobs than in June 2012, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors. Those numbers, which include logging and mining jobs, showed a year-over-year job increase of 3 percent and a month-over-month increase of 1.5 percent.

The state as a whole added 1,900 construction jobs in June compared to May, but lost 3,100 compared to June 2012, according to AGC, which analyzes U.S. Census Bureau data. For construction jobs excluding logging and mining, the state added 2,000 between May and June this year, but lost 2,900 since June 2012, for a 2 percent drop.

The Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, S.C., region was one of four in the state posting gains, including the northeast corner, where construction jobs increased by 11 percent over last year. That area also includes the Virginia Beach, Va., region. The others showing gains were Burlington and Winston-Salem.

In June 2013, 40,400 people in the Charlotte area were employed in construction jobs, compared to 39,800 in May 2013 and 39,300 in June 2012.

Four state regions ─ Asheville, Raleigh-Cary, Rocky Mount and Wilmington ─ posted construction job losses compared to 2012, and five remained steady. Those were Durham-Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Greensboro-High Point, Greenville, and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton.

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