New construction jobs drive state unemployment down

By Howard Fischer |Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral

Arizona’s construction industry may finally be showing some real signs of life.

New figures Thursday from the Office of Economic Opportunity show total construction employment hit 142,200 last month. That’s 6.2 percent higher than the same time a year ago — the biggest year-over-year jump of any sector of the state economy.

In fact, construction employers added another 1,000 workers just last month.

What makes that significant is that November is typically a slower time for construction. Since the end of the recession the average month-over-month loss this time of year is about 1,100 jobs.

And there are signs that the situation will continue to improve.

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