Construction employment in metropolitan areas continues to grow, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Employment in the sector increased in 190 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 64 and declined in 104 between November 2014 and November 2015, according to AGC.

“Construction employment is expanding in more parts of the country now that firms appear to be having more success finding workers to hire,” says Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “Firms may not be able to continue expanding their headcounts as rapidly unless public officials increase investments in career and technical education programs.”

New York City (9,200 jobs, 7 percent) added the most construction jobs during the past year. Other metro areas adding a large number of construction jobs include Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (8,300 jobs, 9 percent); Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (8,200 jobs, 10 percent) and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (7,900 jobs, 8 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (50 percent, 800 jobs); Boise, Idaho (19 percent, 3,300 jobs); Coeur d’Alene (18 percent, 700 jobs) and Huntsville, Ala. (18 percent, 1,400 jobs).

The largest job losses from November 2014 to November 2015 were in Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (-5,400 jobs, -7 percent); followed by Raleigh, N.C. (-1,800 jobs, -5 percent); Bergen-Hudson-Passaic, N.J. (-1,500 jobs, -5 percent); Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-1,400 jobs, -16 percent) and New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-1,400 jobs, -5 percent). The largest percentage decline for the past year was in Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula; followed by Bloomington, Ill. (-14 percent, -400 jobs); Kankakee, Ill. (-14 percent, -200 jobs); Fort Smith, Ark. (-13 percent, -900 jobs) and Walla Walla, Wash. (-13 percent, -100 jobs).

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