The decline in construction jobs for Inland Empire workers last year was one of the steepest in the nation, according to one study.
There were 2,600 fewer construction jobs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in 2019, a 3% decline, the Associated General Contractors of America reported. It was the third-highest loss among 358 metropolitan areas the trade group surveyed.
Only New York City, with 4,500 fewer jobs, and Northern Virginia, with 2,900, were higher.
Los Angeles County showed definitive movement in the opposite direction, with the second-most growth in construction hiring, at 8% or 12,300 jobs. Los Angeles trailed only the Dallas area, with 16,700 additional jobs.
Other strong markets were Las Vegas (9,400 new jobs), Houston (9.300) and San Diego (8,600). In percentage of growth, Kansas City, Mo., led the nation at 17%.
Nationally, construction work expanded in 211 of the 358 metros.