Between May 2012 and May 2013, construction employment rose in 185 of 339 metropolitan areas, dipped in 115 and remained unchanged in 39 areas, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. "It appears that the months-long growth in private-sector demand for a host of residential and non-residential construction work is finally translating into significant numbers of new construction jobs in many parts of the country," says Ken Simonson, the AGC's chief economist. Among large metro areas, Phoenix, Dallas and Boston saw big increases in construction jobs, while the Cincinnati and Sacramento, Calif., areas had fewer jobs.

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