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US sees construction jobs boost

Almost 50,000 jobs were created in the US construction industry in February 2013

Official data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that employment in the sector increased by 48,000 from the previous month.

This job growth was led by specialist contractors, and further boosted by non-residential building projects.

More than 150,000 construction jobs were created in the five months to the end of February as the US built environment recovery gathered pace.

AJ reported last month that US architecture workloads had grown at their fastest monthly rate for more than five years.

The Architecture Billings Index, from the American Institute of Architects, recorded a score of 54.2 in January 2013.

This was the highest reading since November 2007, suggesting the sector was growing at pre-credit crunch levels.

AIA chief economist Kermit Baker said at the time: ‘This is the strongest indication [yet] that there will be an upturn in construction activity in the coming months.’

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