HOUSTON (Houston Business Journal) – Houston lost 25,500 construction jobs between December 2008 and December 2009, more than any other metropolitan area in the country, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA).

 AGCA’s analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures revealed that Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown construction jobs decreased 13 percent from 203,900 jobs in December 2008 to 178,400 jobs at the end of 2009.

 Although Houston had the largest total job loss in the construction sector, other metros had higher percentage decreases year over year.

 Only four of 337 cities nationwide added construction jobs last year.

 AGCA also reports that construction spending fell $100 billion in December to a six-year low of $903 billion.