US construction industry employment up

  Sector trends

During the month of June, US employment dropped to 8.2%, its lowest June level in six years, but is still more than 1.7 million jobs or 22% below its 2006 peak. Non-residential construction employment was unchanged since May, but up by 80,000 (2.2%) since June 2013.

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US employment dropped to 8.2% in June this year
Construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the US unemployment rate dropped to 8.2%, its lowest June level in six years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials cautioned, however, that recent employment gains could be undermined when the federal government begins scaling back transportation investments in August.
“The construction industry continues to expand gradually and unevenly,” says Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Despite recent job growth, construction employment is still more than 1.7 million jobs or 22% below its 2006 peak.”
Construction employment totalled 6,015,000 in June, the highest total since June 2009 and an increase of 186,000 or 3.2% from a year earlier, according to Simonson. Residential construction employers added 6,600 jobs in June and 106,300 (4.9%) over 12 months. Non-residential construction employment was unchanged since May, but up by 80,000 (2.2%) since June 2013.
According to the release, the sector’s recent employment gains could be undermined, however, by cuts in federal transportation funding that are expected to begin taking effect in August. The funding cuts will come as the balance in the highway account of the federal Highway Trust Fund runs short of money later this summer.
Even as many construction firms brace for federal transportation funding cuts, others are struggling to find enough skilled workers t...



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