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April Construction Employment Rebounds

Bureau of Labor Statistics, employement reports, construction industry, specialty construction,


May 9, 2018 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently released April employment report shows unemployment at 3.9%, the lowest level since 2000.

In the construction industry, employment rose modestly in both the nonresidential and residential specialty construction sectors.

“March’s job losses in the construction industry were very concerning,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for the Construction Employers of America (CEA). “We’re pleased to see growth in construction employment in April. This is the height of the construction season in many parts of the country, and we would anticipate continued strength in the construction industry throughout the summer months.”

The overall economy created 164,000 new positions in April, slightly fewer than economists had forecast. The construction industry added 17,000 jobs, 11,100 of which were in specialty construction. Both nonresidential and residential specialty construction posted job gains after unexpected declines in March.

“March was a difficult month for the construction industry,” continued Jacobson. “The Department of Commerce reported last week that construction spending in March had fallen 1.7%. With March’s construction employment decline, it is clear that more has to be done to get Congress and the administration focused on developing a comprehensive infrastructure investment plan.”

Jacobson added that as the construction economy improves, members of the CEA will focus on continuing to grow the ranks of highly skilled construction workers with the training needed to build and maintain the nation's infrastructure.  

“This can only be done through the continued expansion of high-quality registered apprenticeship programs and an emphasis on pre-apprenticeship training that prepares young people for a successful rewarding career in specialty construction,” said Jacobson. “CEA members have established a long history of investment, experience, and success in training apprentices for long-term careers. Our programs are well-prepared to meet the growing needs of the specialty trade construction industry.”

CEA’s seven employer associations include FCA International, International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, National Electrical Contractors Association, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance, and The Association of Union Constructors. The group represents more than 15,000 employers and 1.4 million employees nationwide.

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