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Houston Leads the Country for Construction Growth in Construction Jobs

Of the nearly 400 metro areas tracked by the General Contractors of America, Houston had the most job growth in the industry during the last year. 

The region added roughly 25,000 construction gigs in the last 12 months, the AGC said. That's a 12 percent jump in the Houston area alone. 

Construction employment grew between October 2017 and October 2018 in 78 percent of those 358 metro areas, according to the AGC. 

"Construction employment has been increasing at a greater rate than overall employment in many metros," said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

"But many contractors report they are having difficulty filling hourly craft worker positions, even though construction pay exceeds the average for the overall economy, Simonson said, underscoring one of the top challenges of construction firms nationwide.

Other areas that saw big growth in construction jobs were Phoenix, which added 16,700; Dallas, which added about 13,000; and Orlando where 11,700 were added.