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Construction employment grows, but not in Las Vegas

Construction employment fell in Las Vegas but grew in 146 out of 337 metropolitan areas between August 2010 and August 2011, declined in 145 and stayed level in 46, an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of federal data shows.

The construction market is caught between increases in private sector demand and even larger decreases in public sector construction investments, AGC chief economist Ken Simonson said.

Private sector spending on construction has grown by 5.5 percent since July 2010, while public sector demand declined by 8.8 percent during the same period, he noted.

Houston added 10,400 construction jobs during the 12-month period, a 6 percent increase, and more than any other metro area. Other areas adding a large number of jobs were Chicago (7,100 jobs, 5 percent); Farmington Hills, Mich. (3,800 jobs, 10 percent); and New Brunswick, N.J. (3,500 jobs, 9 percent).

The largest job losses were in the Los Angeles (-7,000 jobs, -7 percent); Atlanta (-5,500 jobs, -6 percent); Las Vegas (-4,400, -10 percent); and Philadelphia (-3,800 jobs, -6 percent).

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