The number of construction jobs declined in 47 states in July, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America. "There aren't a lot of places construction workers can turn to avoid the steep layoffs sweeping the construction industry right now," AGC Chief Executive Stephen E. Sandherr said. "Sadly, construction workers are feeling the full impact of declining state spending, a near halt in office and retail construction and stimulus spending that -- with too many programs -- has yet to materialize." Arizona suffered the worst decline, with a 28% drop in construction employment.

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