The Baton Rouge metro area gained 2,000 construction jobs between November 2010 and November 2011, an increase of 5 percent, according to figures compiled by the Associated General Contractors of America.
Baton Rouge's increase was the 55th largest among the country's 337 metro areas, according to the AGC. The Baton Rouge area had a total of 39,900 construction jobs as of last month.
Construction employment increased in 146 of the metro areas, according to the contractors, with the Houston area adding the most jobs, with 5,200.
In other parts of the state, the New Orleans area lost 1,700 jobs, or 6 percent, falling to 28,300. Lafayette lost 300 construction jobs, or 5 percent, to 6,000. Lake Charles and Shreveport-Bossier City each lost 100 construction jobs.
The Houma-Thibodaux area was the only other Louisiana metro area to add construction jobs; the area added 200 jobs, a 3 percent increase, to push construction employment to 6,000.