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NEW YORK CITY-With 76% of the construction workers employed here also living here, the industry remains among the city’s more important job sectors, the New York Building Congress says in a new report. Based on an analysis of the US Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey, the Building Congress says 176,351 construction industry workers lived in New York City last year, with Long Island and New Jersey residents accounting for the rest of the local workforce.

More than a third of those workers, or 66,906, lived in Queens in ‘09. Another 58,964 lived in Brooklyn, followed by 23,665 in the Bronx, 16,163 in Staten Island and 10,653 in Manhattan, according to the Building Congress. The construction trades accounted for 171,000 of the 233,359 industry positions based in New York City.

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