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San Antonio And Texas Lead Nation In Construction Job Growth

The Associated General Contractors of America reports that Texas leads the nation in the increase of construction jobs.

It's a sign of an economic comeback for the state, and one local construction executive believes San Antonio’s commercial building industry is outpacing the rest of the state.

Kirk Kistner, Bartlette-Cocke General Contractor's vice-president of marketing and business development, said San Antonio has seen rapid growth in its health care facilities, with the recent completion of the new Robert B. Green Campus and ongoing projects with the University Health System, the UT Health Science Center, Christus Santa Rosa, and several stand-alone emergency centers.

He said San Antonio’s uptick in construction also reflects its rapid population growth.

"And I think you're really going to start to see it in things like public school sector bonds. You're going to see 2013 be another good year locally. 2014 and 2015 should be good as well because there is a demand. We're still growing. The great thing about San Antonio and Texas is that we are still growing," Kistner said.

Kistner adds that some federal projects are active in San Antonio, and even in the face of sequestration, those projects will likely continue through to completion.