Colorado Springs sheds more than 1,000 construction jobs last year

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November construction employment in Colorado Springs fell 8 percent from last year, losing more than 1,100 jobs, according to the latest industry reports.

Construction employment was either steady or grew in 120 of the 337 markets tracked by the report. However the Associated General Contractors of America said strength in the sector was primarily due to temporary government spending and military construction.

The association forecasts continued weakness in the construction sector in 2011, but El Paso County could buck that trend if the Army chooses Fort Carson as the site for an aviation brigade.

In a recent conversation with the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Regional Economic Development President Mike Kazmierski said the brigade build-out has the potential to bring more than $100 million in construction work to the Springs.

Further analysis about the AGC report can be found here.

City construction employment rankings are listed here.

Colorado Springs ranked 281 out of the 337 cities in the report. Greeley ranked third in the country, with a construction employment spike of 16 percent.