Jobs were added in 139 metro areas in the past year, while employment in 131 areas declined and 65 areas were stagnant, according to the report from the Associated General Contractors of America. Among the cities that added jobs were Wichita, Kan., and Phoenix. Florida's Tampa Bay area shed jobs, as did Portland, Ore., and Atlanta. "Contractors in some areas appear confident enough about market conditions to begin adding staff," said Stephen Sandherr, the AGC's chief executive officer. "The question is whether private sector demand will continue to grow in 2013 or stall as it has done in prior years."

Related Summaries