Most metropolitan areas continue to see an increase in construction employment this year compared to last. Employment in the industry expanded in 278 metro areas, declined in 36 and was stagnant in 44 between February 2014 and February 2015, according to the Associated General Contractors of America’s analysis of federal employment data.

“Construction firms continue to add new jobs at a pretty steady clip in most parts of the country,” says Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The question is whether declining oil prices, global economic challenges, labor shortages and Washington gridlock will undermine future job gains in the sector.”

Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, added the most construction jobs in the past year (12,800 jobs, 11 percent), followed by Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (11,600 jobs, 14 percent), and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (10,100 jobs, 14 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in Wenatchee, Wash. (38 percent, 600 jobs), Lake Charles, La. (29 percent, 3,700 jobs), Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (27 percent, 4,700 jobs), Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (25 percent, 1,000 jobs) and Bay City, Mich. (25 percent, 200 jobs).

The largest job losses from February 2014 to February 2015 were in New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-2,700 jobs, -9 percent), followed by Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-1,900 jobs, -18 percent), and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (-1,700 jobs, -6 percent). The largest percentage decline for the past year was in Monroe, Mich. (-23 percent, -700 jobs), followed by Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (-19 percent, -400 jobs), Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. and El Centro, Calif. (-17 percent, -500 jobs).