The Boise-Nampa metropolitan area saw an increase of about 400 construction, mining and logging jobs between February 2012 and February 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 3-percent jump outstripped the statewide average increase of 2 percent. Idaho Falls was the only other metropolitan area in Idaho that had an increase, adding 200 jobs. The Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene areas saw decreases of 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Lewiston's construction job market was unchanged.
Nationwide, the number of construction jobs ticked upward in 158 of 339 total metropolitan areas, according to an analysis by Associated General Contractors, a construction industry organization. The number decreased in 132 areas and stayed even in 49.
AGC warned that declining government construction and immigration reform limiting the availability of skilled workers could undermine the construction job market.
While construction employment continues to decline in many parts of the country, the number of communities experiencing gains continues to expand, said Ken Simonson, the associations chief economist. But the twin threats of additional public sector construction cuts and a looming shortage of certain types of construction workers could hurt the industry just as it is beginning to recover.