B.R. ranks 11th in U.S. for construction job growth in January
The Capital Region maintained its rank among the best in the nation in January when it comes to construction sector employment growth. Compared to January 2012, the Baton Rouge metro area had 5,500 more people with construction jobs in January—a total of 43,200, or a 15% increase on the year—according to the latest jobs report from the Associated General Contractors of America. That placed Baton Rouge 11th among the 339 U.S. metro areas ranked in the report, and follows a No. 8 ranking for job growth in December, and a No. 11 ranking in November. Baton Rouge was among 145 metro areas that saw increases in January compared to the same month the year previous, while 141 metros saw declines and 53 were flat. In Louisiana, five of the six metro areas tracked in the report—Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans in addition to Baton Rouge—posted increases. Baton Rouge was the best performing of the five. Only the Shreveport area posted a decline. You can see the complete report here. Meanwhile, Louisiana ranked sixth among all states for job growth in the construction industry during January, with an estimated 7,300 people added to the payrolls on the month compared to January 2012. Daily Report has more on that report here.
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