Construction jobs fall in 2014

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- Construction workers took a heavy hit in 2014. Arizona lost 4,300 residential and commercial construction jobs last year.

Sue Moore and her husband Ronnie are now selling what they can to make ends meet.

"I sold all my good things, my jewelry, my designer purses and jeans and things on ebay," said Moore.

She says that's the only reason there's still a roof over her head after Ronnie lost his tile job when the economy crashed and the design company he worked for for 17 years closed.

"He's out of a job and then trying to get something like that was -- well, you know what happened with construction--  it fell apart. Everything fell apart," said Moore.

He was out of work before he found a job out-of-state in 2012.

"He's in North Dakota at the moment. He's doing maintenance at a man camp, which of course houses oil workers," said Moore.

Now, in their sixties, Sue and Ronnie have been separated 2.5 years, and this is not rare.

Since Arizona lost more than 4,000 jobs in 2014, it forced many people to look for work elsewhere.

"The shutdown that's the most noble one of those is the Intel project that had several thousand construction workers," said Mark Minter, Executive Director of the AZ Builders Alliance.

Many construction workers found new jobs in California, Texas and Colorado.

"It's also a symptom of the fact we haven't had the kind of recovery we're used to in Arizona," said Minter.

Moore hopes recovery comes soon.

Until then, she waits for her husband to call her every day and hopefully tell her he's got a new job back home.

Minter says 2015 should be looking up by the end of the year.

He says one of the hottest projects right now is the State Farm Insurance campus build in Tempe.