The value of San Diego County’s construction starts rose 29 percent from a year ago in the first 10 months of 2016, topping $3.61 billion, according to the latest monthly figures from Dodge Data & Analytics.

Based on the value of building permits pulled, nonresidential projects increased 89 percent from 2015, surpassing $1.93 billion for the January-to-October period. Residential project starts declined 5 percent, to $1.68 billion.

Nonresidential projects include offices, industrial buildings, retail structures, education, government and other nonhousing construction. The residential category includes single and multifamily housing.

For the month of October, overall construction starts increased 20 percent from a year ago, topping $422.4 million. Nonresidential projects more than tripled their year-ago figure, reaching approximately $270.2 million; while the residential category declined 44 percent, to $152.3 million.