Construction employment expanded in 56 out of 337 metropolitan areas between August 2009 and August 2010, according to a new analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America.
More cities added construction jobs during the past year than at any point since September 2008, according to the report.
AGC chief economist Ken Simonson noted that Kansas City, Kan., added more construction jobs (2,500 jobs, 13 percent) than any other metro area. Locally, Wisconsin had nine areas rank in the top 25 of construction employment gains, led by Eau Claire, which added 600 jobs (19 percent) and ranked second among 337 nationwide areas.
The Chicago–Joliet–Naperville area lost more construction jobs (22,600 jobs, 16 percent) than any other metro area, even after a construction strike ended in July.
AGC officials said that even as the employment outlook improves in a growing number of metropolitan areas, construction unemployment remains nearly double the national average.