TEXAS (Dallas Morning News) – Across the state, more construction workers are getting hired, even as construction employment declined in many U.S. metro areas, according to data from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Houston was tops in Texas with 6,900 new construction jobs, a 4 percent increase. Fort Worth-Arlington added 5,100 jobs (9 percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving with 4,500 new jobs (4 percent).

Brownsville had the largest percentage gain at 10 percent, or 300 jobs.

Los Angeles was the top ranked metro area for construction job gains, adding 8,600 jobs from August 2011 to August 2012. On the other hand, Atlanta’s construction sector lost 7,200 jobs during the same period.