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Construction Firms Add 19,000 Jobs in November as Sector Hits Eight-Year High in Employment, But Drop in Infrastructure Spending Slows Growth

December 2, 2016

Construction employers added 19,000 jobs in November, reaching the highest employment level since November 2008, but a drop in public sector investments in construction projects held down employment among heavy and civil engineering firms, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that recent construction spending numbers show a decline in most categories of infrastructure investment.

“This report shows the construction industry has the capacity to handle additional infrastructure work even as private nonresidential projects, apartments and homebuilding continue to go up,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “The industry would be adding more high-paid jobs if local, state and federal officials were investing more to build new and repair aging infrastructure.”

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