Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge, La.-area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the recognition was announced on July 30 in a report issued by Associated General Contractors of America.
The Baton Rouge-metro area added 5,900 construction jobs — the fourth largest gain in the country, and an increase of 13 percent from the year before.
That was behind the top-ranked Dallas-Plano-Irving area, which added 11,700 jobs, the Los Angeles-Long-Beach-Glendale area, which added 10,000 jobs, and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, which added 8,200 jobs.
The association’s numbers were based on an analysis of federal employment data.
Ranking by percentage increase, the Baton Rouge area was 18th in the country. The Lake Charles area was second.
Statewide, Louisiana saw a 4 percent increase in construction jobs over the past year. The report didn’t provide rankings comparing states to other states.
The New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area added about 200 construction jobs over the past year, a 1 percent increase.