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Construction Jobs Slowly Returning

By Craig M. Douglas, Boston Business Journal
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(AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

BOSTON (CBS) – The state’s construction sector continued to gain traction in June as all but one of the Commonwealth’s major employment regions added jobs on a year-over-year basis.

Statewide, construction employers added 4,600 jobs in the 12 months ending June 30, a 4.1 percent increase over the 112,700 jobs (not seasonably adjusted) on record a year earlier.

Massachusetts’ total construction headcount was 117,300 at the end of June, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports

The Springfield region reported the strongest increase in hiring during the period analyzed, expanding its local construction sector by 14 percent.

In terms of total jobs added, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area was tops in the state, adding 2,000 jobs.

Barnstable was the only loser of the bunch, shedding 400 jobs over the 12-month period.

Click here for a breakdown of the state’s construction-sector hiring in the June 2010-to-June 2011 period.

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