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The 10 largest construction projects in Massachusetts


Construction is booming in the United States after years of weakness, and the ripple effect is having a noticeable effect on Boston's skyline and employment roles.


U.S. employment in the construction sector hit 6.04 million positions in July, the highest point on record since mid 2009, according to the Association for Corporate Growth, a Washington lobbying group for the building trades.


The job total was about 4 percent, or 211,000 positions, higher than what was reported a year earlier and helped drive the sector’s unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent — it’s lowest level since 2007, according to ACG. The year-over-year hiring increase was more or less evenly split between the residential and commercial building trades, with homebuilders accounting for 115,000 new positions, or 54 percent of the net increase.


In Massachusetts, construction firms reported 125,000 jobs on record as of July 31 — about 2,000 positions above June's total and some 2,4000 positions up from the year-earlier period. Nationally, the state's year-over-year increase in construction employment ranked it 32nd among all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


As to where all of those men and women are working, well, one look at Boston's skyline and its bustling suburbs says it all. At right is a BBJ photo gallery of the largest construction projects in Massachusetts.


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