Southern California's Orange County is the nation’s No. 2 spot for construction, reports Jonathan Lansner of The Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Overall, California added the most construction jobs – 29,300 jobs – in the year ended August, topping Florida and Colorado. Only 13 states shed construction jobs, led by Kansas, down 4,700 jobs in a year.

The Associated General Contractors of America, analyzing federal employment data, found Orange County area construction jobs increased by 10,200 jobs, or 11% in the 12 months ended in August.

That gain – boosting the workforce to 103,300 workers, highest since September 2007 – was second-best among the nation’s metro areas behind Denver, which added 11,400 jobs in a year. Construction work jumped in 220 metros, held steady in 62 and declined in 76, the association found, according to Lansner.

Read more >