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Construction jobs up in 28 states

Construction employment increased in 28 states from January 2011 to January 2012, the country’s best showing since 2007, according to the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.

The benchmark improvement is evidence the industry has passed its lowest point, though some of the gain is likely due to a mild winter that has helped construction, Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist, said in a released statement.

While Wisconsin gained 4,200 construction jobs from December to January, it was not among the 28 to post a year-over-year increase as its 90,000 jobs tally in January is still below the 2011 mark of 93,500.

According to the AGC, Pennsylvania added the most construction jobs (13,000) between January 2011 to 2012, while North Dakota had the largest percentage gain (16.1) in adding 3,600 jobs during the same time period.

On the other side, Florida lost the most industry jobs since last year with a 21,500-job decline, followed by Illinois with 9,500.

For a breakdown by state, visit http://www.agc.org/galleries/news/State_Empl_201201-Alpha.pdf.

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