Colorado industries with momentum going into 2013

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— Hiring will be strongest this year in construction — the hardest-hit sector in Colorado during the economic downturn — followed by natural resources, health care and staffing agencies, economists predict.

The state should add about 42,000 jobs in 2013, but some sectors and industries will contribute much more to that growth than others, according to the University of Colorado Boulder’s annual economic forecast, known as the Colorado Business Economic Outlook.

Construction accounts for 5.5 percent of nonfarm jobs in Colorado but is forecast to add 15 percent of the new jobs created next year.

“Construction is in a solid recovery mode,” said Gary Horvath, a Broomfield economist.

After five years of declines, construction is expected to add to employment in Colorado this year and next despite continued declines in building construction and heavy civil construction.

Read the full story at The Denver Post's website.

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