Arizona was one of 31 states that gained jobs in October, in contrast to North Carolina, which was one of 28 states that lost jobs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Officials of the trade group noted the uncertainty faced by businesses due to the impending "fiscal cliff." AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr said: "If Washington officials can’t find a solution to the fiscal cliff, we run the risk of putting the economy into another downward spiral."

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