(7/31/13) Eau Claire had the nation's second-largest increase in construction jobs during the year ending in June.
That's according to the Associated General Contractors, which said total employment in the building trades rose in 191-of-the-339 U-S metro areas this past year. The group said the Eau Claire metro had 42-hundred construction jobs as of June 30th – a 31-percent increase from the year before. Only Pascagoula Mississippi had a larger increase, at 33-percent. Officials said Eau Claire had a lot of major building projects in the last year including a new jail, more construction at U-W Eau Claire, factory expansions, and highway improvements. Also, a new frac-sand processing plant was built. Milwaukee, the state's largest metro, had a 12-percent hike in construction jobs over the past year.