Of 337 metropolitan areas, 148 of them saw increases in the number of construction jobs between December 2010 and December 2011, according to data from the Associated General Contractors of America. "Many communities are benefitting from growing demand from the private sector for new construction activity," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. "Unfortunately, too many other areas are still coping with construction employment losses as the overall market remains relatively weak."

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