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Charlotte construction jobs rise 5%

The number of construction jobs in the Charlotte area grew by 5 percent over the last year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Not counting the Virginia Beach, Va., metropolitan statistical area, which includes northeast N.C. and where construction jobs grew by 8 percent since October 2013, the Charlotte region saw the largest growth statewide.

The number of Charlotte-area construction jobs, including mining and logging, grew to 45,100 in October from 43,100 in October 2013. That accounted for 24 percent of the 190,800 construction jobs in the state and was nearly 14,000 more than in the Raleigh-Cary area, which had 31,000.

Among the nation’s 339 metropolitan statistical areas, Charlotte ranked 126 in the job growth percentage.

Pascagoula, Miss., ranked first, with a growth of 28 percent over the past year. The Steubenville, Ohio-Weirton, W.V., area ranked last, with a 36 percent decline in construction jobs.

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