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Construction jobs: It's the climb

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It pays to specialize.

Over the last year, U.S. construction jobs have increased by 178,000 to 5.85 million. The latter is the highest total for the industry since August 2009, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

It's still short 1.9 million from the April 2006 peak, but the sector is definitely on its way back.

What's more interesting is that specialty trade contractors accounted for 120,700 jobs, or nearly 68 percent, of that job growth over the last year, according to the latest employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In November, there were 3.67 million specialty contractors, including 1.57 million on the residential side. The specialty categories grew by 12,500 jobs from October. Residential alone was up 7,100 jobs, according to the BLS.

We always hear from construction-related companies that demand for good tradesmen is there but it can be challenging to find the right people.

Maybe this is the season for those companies and trade schools to beat the drum again to get high school students interested in various specialty fields.

What open jobs are on your company's wish list this holiday season? Where have you seen the most job growth this year?

Spread the word. Tell us.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jasons@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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