ARLINGTON, VA-Construction employment has expandedyear-over-year in the majority of metro areas and states, theAssociated General Contractors of America saidlate last month. However, the trade association noted that thegains in construction activity, and therefore employment, stillhaven't taken hold in all regions of the US.

“October was a good month for construction employment in manyparts of the country,” Ken Simonson, AGC's chiefeconomist, said last week. He added, though, that “It will takemany more months of strong jobs gains before constructionemployment returns to peak levels in many parts of thecountry.”

As it stands, construction employment rose in 215 metro areasbetween October 2012 and October 2013, declined in 74 and remainedstagnant in 50 others, with only 21 topping previous highs for themonth, according to AGC analysis of federal data. Orange County inCalifornia added the largest number of jobs over the past year with9,700 hires, followed by the Atlanta metro area with 8,500, Bostonwith 7,500 and Minneapolis-St. Paul with 6,800.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.