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Between August 2013 and August 2014, construction employment increased in 36 states.
"The number of states with increases in construction employment over the last 12 months moderated in August, but remained strongly positive as construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation," said Labor Department Chief Economist Ken Simonson. "While most states remain far below pre-recession peak employment levels, more states are approaching previous highs and more contractors have been reporting difficulty in hiring qualified workers. These trends are likely to intensify if the recovery in construction continues."
Illinois is up 11,100 jobs (5.8%).