AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) – The construction industry appears to be on the rebound, according to Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Construction employment grew in two-thirds of U.S. states in January, according to the Arlington, Va.-based group. Texas posted the biggest job growth between January 2012 and 2013, adding 28,500 jobs. That is a 5 percent increase over the 571,600 jobs reported last year.

AGC chief economist Ken Simonson stated the rise in employment is finally reflecting the increase in construction activity.

“Construction spending has been rising for two full years, but contractors have been cautious about adding workers until they knew the upturn would last,” Simonson said.