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NEW YORK CITY-Private sector construction employment in New York City rose 2.4 percent in 2012 while wages have remained virtually unchanged, the New York Building Congress announced Monday. The announcement stems from a new analysis of New York State Department of Labor employment statistics, conducted by the Building Congress.

Construction employment reached 111,333 in the first quarter of 2013, up 1.3% from the same period a year ago and 5.4% from the first quarter of 2011, according to the report. Construction industry employment generally is lowest in the first quarter of each year as companies reduce employees on payroll during the winter months, the association explains in the announcement.

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