The Charlotte metropolitan area gained roughly 2,200 construction jobs last year, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.
North Carolina, meanwhile, lost nearly 4,000 construction jobs during 2012, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures.
Nationally, construction employment rose in 139 out of 337 metropolitan areas last year, declined in 131 areas and was flat in 65, the association reported Monday.
The higher demand came from the private sector, the group said.
“Private sector demand for energy, health care, higher education and residential construction is having a positive impact in a growing number of metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.
“Unfortunately, construction employment in almost as many metro areas appears to be suffering from declining public sector demand and a private sector market that is still well-below peak levels.”
Pascagoula, Miss. added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (42 percent, 1,900 jobs) followed by Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Mass.-N.H. (22 percent, 800 jobs).
The Charlotte area grew its jobs by 6 percent, ranking the city 43rd out of 337 in terms of growth.