Jobs in heavy construction trades have increased in the past year, despite a home-building slump, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC. Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show overall construction employment dropped 1.5% in September versus the same period in 2006, or a total of 14,000 jobs, but jobs in nonresidential building, specialty trades and heavy/civil engineering have seen an increase of 42,000 jobs, or 1%, in the past year.

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