The number of construction workers employed in November in Manatee and Sarasota Counties grew by 1,700 people compared to last year, an increase of 7 percent.

Charlotte County’s figures remained flat.

Jon Mast, the CEO of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association, told the Herald-Tribune that locally, although 1700 jobs were added in the trade, it’s not nearly enough to keep up with demand.