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IRVINE, CA-Jones Lang LaSalle has revealedthat, according to the May EDD report, OrangeCounty has reported its highest number of construction jobs since the trough of the recession in2010. A total of 75,700 construction jobs were reported in May,compared to only 65,500 reported in February 2010.

The success of the industry has been due to what are called“mega-projects” in the tourism andhealthcare industries, with projects such as the$1.1-billion expansion of Disney's CaliforniaAdventure theme park and a new hospitaljust south of San Clemente at Camp Pendleton,according to JLL. Also, a number of office and industrial projectshave been in-the-works this past year, including 1.4 million squarefeet of office space and 333,208 square feet ofindustrial space under construction. Most of thebigger office and industrial projects, however,have been built to suit, conveying a message of light skepticism onhow sustainable office and industrial construction growth is.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.