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Ariz. construction jobs down 54 percent since 2007

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A trade group says Arizona has lost 53 percent of its construction jobs since 2007, with the Phoenix area losing the most total jobs but Mohave County losing the highest percentage.

The federal labor statistics analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America says the Phoenix area lost 91,400 construction jobs between January 2007 and January 2011 and now has 78,400 workers in the trade.

The Lake Havasu City-Kingman area lost 65 percent and now has 2,300 people in construction. Tucson lost 48 percent of its jobs.

Others areas include Yuma with a 53 percent drop, Flagstaff with 40 percent and Prescott with a 54 percent dip. Those areas included logging and mining in their figures.

The group released the numbers to support its push for measures to boost construction.

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