In early 2012, Tampa Bay had the dubious distinction of losing more construction jobs year-over-year than any other metro region in the country.
Now the region has rebounded into the top 25 percent among metro areas nationwide in adding construction jobs, according to a report Wednesday from the Associated General Contractors of America.
The number of bay area construction jobs in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater rose 6 percent to 55,500 in the 12 months ending March 31. That ranked the bay area 79th among 339 metropolitan areas.
All told, construction employment increased in 152 metro areas over the year, declined in 126 and was stagnant in 61, the contractors group reported. No Florida metro areas ranked among the top construction job creators or job losers.
Nationally, construction spending is up about 5 percent for the year.