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Construction employment up in Kansas, down in Wichita

December was a good month for construction employment in Kansas, up 5 percent from December 2009 to 57,000 workers. But it wasn't in Wichita.

Construction employment was down 8 percent in Wichita, or 1,200 workers, from December 2009 , according to figures from the Associated General Contractors of America.

The decline matches a national trend that saw construction employment decline from December to December in 232 of 337 metropolitan areas tracked by AGC.

In Kansas, Kansas City dropped 900 jobs since December 2009, a decline of 5 percent. Topeka gained 100 jobs, a gain of 2 percent.

Nationally, the big job loser was Las Vegas, where 10,700 construction jobs were lost year over year, or 20 percent.

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