In the last 12 months, 158 out of 339 metropolitan areas added workers to their payrolls, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America. "The turnaround in construction hiring that began in a few states two years ago has now spread to most of the country," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. Simonson notes that growth could continue in residential and private nonresidential construction, but warned that "uncertainty on public spending" could hurt the recovery.

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