ARLINGTON, VA—New Jersey lost more construction jobs thanany other state in the past year, according to theAssociated General Contractors of America, whichis based here.

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The Garden State shed 4,600 construction jobs, 3.4 % of itsconstruction workforce. It was followed by Kentucky, whichlost 1,900 jobs, 2.8 % of its workforce and West Virginia, 1,700jobs, 4.9%

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Eleven states and the District of Columbia lost constructionjobs between March 2013 and March of this year, the reportsays.

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ARLINGTON, VA—As a measure of the pickup in developmentactivity as the economic recovery begins gathering a little steam,the Associated GeneralContractors of America said Friday that construction firmsadded jobs in 38 states over the past 12 months. That reportdovetails with the latest Federal Reserve BeigeBook word on the subject, which uses theterms “moderate” and modest” to characterize the increases in bothresidential and commercial construction.

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AGC's analysis of US LaborDepartment data showed that job gains leveledoff between February and March, with 25 states reporting monthlyincreases, compared to 30 states that saw increases from January toFebruary. An AGC analysis reported earlier this month foundthat constructionemployment for February expandedyear-over-year in 175 metro areas—down from the previous month'sY-O-Y tally of 195—declined in 106 and was stagnant in 58 betweenFebruary 2013 and February 2014. Employment levels remain belowpeak levels in all but 19 metro areas.

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“The widespread gains in employment from a year ago areencouraging, given the tough winter many states experienced rightthrough March,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist at AGC. “Thenever-ending winter of 2014 may account for the dip in the numberof states that added construction jobs in the latest month, but itis also possible that single-family homebuilders are not addingworkers as some forecasters expected.”

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With both residential and commercial development making astrong comeback in Florida, the Sunshine State led all states inboth percentage and total construction gains year over year, up11.5% and 41,000 new jobs, respectively. Other states posting bigY-O-Y percentage gains included Oregon, up 10.8% and 7,800 jobs,respectively; and Minnesota, up 10.4% and 10,200 jobs. AfterFlorida, California added the most new construction jobs for theyear (37,100 jobs, 5.9%) followed by Texas (17,100 jobs, 2.8%) andMinnesota.

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Eleven states and the District of Columbia shedconstruction jobs over the past 12 months, while employment wasconstant in Alaska. The biggest losers numbers-wise were NewJersey, which lost 4,600 construction jobs; Kentucky, -1,900 jobs;and West Virginia, which lost 1,700 jobs and also had the highestpercentage decline at 4.9%.

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Ohio's construction job losses were even larger on apercentage basis during February, and the Buckeye State led the waywith month-to-month gains of 4,600 jobs. In all, two dozen statesand the District of Columbia added jobs between February and March,while construction employment declined in 23 states and remainedunchanged in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. On the basis ofnumbers, Texas lost the most jobs—5,300—between February and March,although the loss represented only 0.8% of the constructionpayrolls in that state.

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The Beige Book report last week from the Fed showedresidential construction grew at a moderate pace in the centralbank's Boston and San Francisco Districts, while New York,Philadelphia, and Atlanta reported “modest” growth. In the ChicagoDistrict, a decline in single-family construction was accompaniedby growing demand for new apartment projects as residential rentscontinued to increase, according to the Fed.

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Multifamily construction remained strong in the New York,Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco districts. TheFed's Minneapolis District reported that overall residentialconstruction activity decreased and that the value of residentialpermits fell in March.

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In the commercial sector, Kansas City and Dallas hasstrengthened since the previous Beige Bok, with the Fed citingoffice development in those markets as especiallyvigorous.

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Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and SanFrancisco reported modest to moderate expansion in commercialconstruction, with Philadelphia reporting mild growth and Clevelandreporting

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