At its nadir during the recession, construction employment fell below 5.5 million nationwide. No industry felt the squeeze of that period in the late 2000s-early 2010s quite like construction, and the climb back has been slow.

However, with total construction employment in Summer 2016 sitting a bit below 6.7 million -- still 1 million below its peak in 2007 -- ...

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One school in Mississippi is offering a hands-on approach to a new generation of construction professionals.

The classroom looked like a construction site, and the instructors were experienced equipment operators. Forty career and technology students from George County High School spent Friday morning learning lessons like crane capacity and the proper way to hook-up a load.

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The United States economy added a reported 155,000 jobs in December, a number that 30,000 new hires in the construction sector buoyed.

Substantial hiring improvements in construction could partially reflect the rebuilding effort after the fall's devastating Superstorm Sandy.

The 30,000-job gain is the construction industry's most growth in 15 months.

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Construction employment expanded in 194 metropolitan areas, but it declined in 88 others and was stagnant in 57 between August 2012 and August 2013, according to an analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metro in California added the largest number of construction jobs in the past year -- 8,900 jobs, ...

A survey of contractors in 339 cities showed improved hiring in construction to close 2014. Only 43 cities posted job losses year over year in December.

“The industry should continue to add jobs in 2015 as private and public sector demand continues to grow,” Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist, said in a prepared statement.

The association’s recently released construction outlook ...

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