El Centro construction increase ranked first in nation in percentage change

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A worker installs a photovoltaic panel at the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy South project in the Imperial Valley west of El Centro, Calif.
A worker installs a photovoltaic panel at the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy South project in the Imperial Valley west of El Centro, Calif.

El Centro ranked first in the nation in construction employment, based on a 12-month percentage change, with a 28 percent change. El Centro has gained 500 jobs from July of last year, now totaling 2,300.
Statewide, construction employment increased by 7 percent from a year ago, gaining 47,300 jobs. California now has a total of 734,800 construction jobs.
Fewer than half of the nation’s metro areas added construction jobs between July 2014 and 2015, the weakest expansion since late 2011, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The San Diego metro area gained 5,000 construction jobs in the last 12 months, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As of the end of July, San Diego had approximately 69,400 construction jobs, an 8 percent increase from a year ago.

San Diego ranked 41st out of 358 metro areas in the United States, based on a 12-month percentage change in job growth from July 2014 to July 2015.

San Diego ranked third in the number of jobs added in California from July 2014 to July 2015.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metro area gained the most jobs from a year ago with 6,700, a 6 percent gain, with a total of 127,800 construction jobs.

The Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine metro area construction job market increased by 6,400 jobs, an 8 percent change year over year, with a total of 88,800 jobs in July.

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area added 4,400 jobs from last year, a gain of 6 percent and a total of 83,700 jobs.