Wichita lags in construction jobs in state ranking among the strongest

The Wichita area has lost 800 construction and related jobs in the last year, as of October, according to figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

It's the worst performance in a state that had the second highest construction job gain in the country, with 5,200 construction jobs and 1,300 in related fields such as oil and gas production, as of October.

Nationally, construction employment either increased or remained steady in one-third of metro areas between October 2009 and October. Association officials said construction job gains are becoming more widespread thanks in large part to an increase in power, stimulus and other publicly-funded construction projects.