Georgia lost 4,800 construction jobs in past year

Published On: Oct 30 2012 03:32:17 PM EDT

A report sees growth in construction job market.

ATLANTA -

A national trade association says Georgia lost roughly 4,800 construction jobs in the past year.

The Associated General Contractors of America released state-by-state figures Tuesday that showed Georgia with 140,900 construction workers in September, down 3 percent from the same month last year.

In metro Atlanta, which has been hit particularly hard by the recession's steep decline in home building, construction jobs were down 6 percent. The Augusta area saw a 3 percent drop, while in Savannah the decline in construction jobs was 2 percent.

However, employment gains in construction were being reported near the Georgia-Tennessee state line. The trade association says Chattanooga, Tenn., reported an increase of 1,300 construction jobs - a 15 percent improvement over 2011.

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