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NC fourth in monthly construction job growth

North Carolina added more construction jobs between November and December than all but three states, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

There were 4,100 more jobs in December than November, making N.C. one of 37 states where jobs grew month over month.

In terms of the rate of construction job growth, N.C. ranked ninth month over month and 13th when compared with December 2013. Statewide employment of construction workers grew 7.2 percent year over year and 2.3 percent month over month.

Year over year, construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia in December compared with December 2013. North Dakota gained the greatest share of jobs, 25.7 percent, nearly twice the rate of second-place Utah at 13.4 percent.

“Part of the reason for the positive December construction employment figures was the exceptionally harsh weather in much of December 2013 and November 2014 and milder than normal weather in December 2014,” said Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist.

Only New York, Illinois and Texas added more jobs than N.C. between November and December. New York added 6,400, Illinois added 6,000 and Texas added 5,100. California lost the most construction jobs between November and December, at 12,300.

Year over year, Texas added more construction jobs than any other state, more than 47,000, and Arizona lost the most, more than 4,300.

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