Construction industry employment grew in 215 metropolitan areas between October 2012 and a year later, according to figures from the Associated General Contractors of America.

“October was a good month for construction employment in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “It will take many more months of strong jobs gains before construction employment returns to peak levels in many parts of the country, however.”

Citing an analysis of federal employment data, the AGC said industry employment dropped in 74 areas and was flat in 50 others. Even with the gains, employment is still below its peak in 315 areas.

Job gains were strongest in the Southern California cities of Santa Ana, Anaheim and Irvine. The cities added an estimated 9,700 construction jobs. Also strong was the Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Marietta metro area in Georgia, which added 8,500 jobs, and the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Cambridge and Quincy, which grew 7,500 jobs.

Suffering the largest job losses was the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif., and Raleigh-Cary, N.C., which lost 4,300 and 3,500 construction jobs, respectively.