San Diego added 5,800 construction jobs from December 2014 to December 2015, a 9 percent change, according to a U.S. Labor Department data analysis released Jan. 26 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Construction employment in San Diego increased from 63,400 jobs in December 2014 to 69,200 in December 2015.

San Diego ranked 51st, along with Albany, Oregon; Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y.; El Centro; and Fairbanks, Alaska. There were 10 metropolitan areas that were ranked 51st by this percentage change in construction employment.

Overall, California added the most construction jobs between December 2014 and December 2015: 59,300, or 8.6 percent more than the prior year.

“Considering the fact construction employment is expanding in most parts of the country, it is easy to understand why many contractors are optimistic about 2016," Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the AGC, said in a news release. “Yet the question all of us would like to answer is whether the broader market turmoil will drag down demand for construction this year.”

Hawaii had the highest growth percentage -- 15.5 percent -- with 4,800 jobs added.

At the bottom of the list are those that did not add or lost jobs: North Dakota, West Virginia and New Mexico.

Within the last month, California gained the most jobs: 11,200 with 1.5 percent growth.

The Associated General Contractors of America is a trade industry association for the construction industry, representing over 26,000 firms. San Diego has an Associated General Contractors of America San Diego chapter.