B.R. ranked 8th among U.S. metros on December construction jobs report
The Baton Rouge metro area had the 8th-best year-over-year showing in the nation for sector job growth, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America. Approximately 45,900 people were working in the local construction industry in December; that's 5,400, or 11%, more jobs in the sector than were reported in December 2011. However, the Baton Rouge area nonetheless posted a decrease of 900 construction jobs in December compared to November, when the city was ranked No. 11 for year-over-year sector job gains. Of the 337 metro areas tracked by AGCA, Baton Rouge was among 139 in the country to see construction increases in December compared to the same month in 2011, while 131 metros shed construction jobs and 65 posted flat numbers. Five of the six Louisiana metro areas tracked by the AGCA posted construction job gains in November: Houma, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Shreveport, in addition to Baton Rouge. New Orleans saw construction jobs decrease in December. On the whole, Louisiana had 122,200 people working in the construction industry during the month. That's 2,900 more than were doing so in December 2011, or a 2% increase. You can find the construction jobs figures for all metro areas, listed by state, here.
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