Lake Charles and Baton Rouge ranked among the 20 U.S. metro areas to see the biggest gains in construction employment in the past 12 months, according to a report released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.
Lake Charles added 2,300 construction jobs over the 12-month period ending in December, a 15 percent gain. The city tied for the sixth-biggest gain among metro areas along with Beaumont, Texas; Boise, Idaho; San Luis Obispo, California; Tacoma, Washington and Troy, Michigan. During that same period Baton Rouge added 6,700 construction jobs, a 13 percent gain. The city tied for the 16th-fastest growth, along with nine other metro areas, including Cleveland; Logan, Utah; Silver Spring, Maryland; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Toledo, Ohio; and Newark, New Jersey.
Houma-Thibodaux added 300 construction jobs in the past year, a 6 percent gain, while Shreveport-Bossier City had a 4 percent gain with 400 additional jobs. Lafayette was unchanged while New Orleans, which has seen the winding down of several large hospital construction projects, was down 1,100 jobs, a 4 percent decrease.