The Associated General Contractors of America called on state and federal governments to boost spending on infrastructure projects last week in response to a report indicating that the New Orleans metro area lost more construction jobs over the past year than any other city nationwide. According to a CityBusiness report, the group wants to see more government spending on long-term road, bridge, and port improvement projects in an effort to keep more construction employees working in the state. The New Orleans-Metairie metro area lost 2,700 construction jobs in the last year – a 9 percent drop. Metro New Orleans, which now employs 28,700 in construction, is also down 16 percent from the 34,000 workers employed in June 2006, according to AGC figures.
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