Construction employment in San Diego increased by 3,500 jobs in 2016, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The region saw a 5 percent gain, rising from 72,700 in January of 2016 to 76,200 in January of 2017.

San Diego was among 219 metropolitan areas in which construction employment rose in that 12 months out of the 358 tracked by AGC. Employment in construction stagnated in 104 areas and was unchanged in 35, according to the analysis.

"While construction employment is growing at a healthy clip overall, there are many pockets of decline across the map and even within states or metro areas," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "These shifts, depending on location, may reflect a shortage of skilled workers available to hire, a lack of funding for infrastructure and other projects, or broader economic trends."

Statewide, construction employment in California rose 1 percent, adding on 8,800 more jobs over the year, while across the country, it grew by 2.8 percent in 2016, adding 184,000 jobs.