San Diego County’s construction starts rose 44 percent from a year ago, topping $4.52 billion in value in the first 11 months of 2016, according to research firm Dodge Data & Analytics.

The firm’s latest monthly numbers, based on the value of building permits pulled, showed non-residential projects more than doubling the year-ago figure for the January-to-November period, at more than $2.54 billion. The residential project tally rose 5 percent, to $1.98 billion.

Non-residential projects include office, industrial, retail, education, government and other types of non-residential construction. The residential category includes single-family and multi-family housing.

For the month of November, total construction starts topped $669.4 million, more than double the year-ago number. Non-residential projects totaled nearly $564.1 million, nearly twice the year-ago figure; and residential projects totaled $105.3 million, up 7 percent from November 2015.