Between April 2012 and April 2013, 170 of 339 metro areas had an increase in construction employment, while the number fell in 123 and remained level in 46, according to a report on federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Los Angeles was the third-highest gainer, though figures were "fairly flat" in Sacramento, Calif., while Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., added to their construction workforces in the past 12 months. "Demand for construction continues to grow... amid increasing private sector investments in new residential, energy and supply-chain facilities..." said Ken Simonson, the AGC's chief economist. "These private sector gains appear strong enough in many parts of the country to outpace declining public sector investments in infrastructure and buildings."
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