July 11, 2023 - Construction industry employment grew by 23,000 people in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Industry employment has risen by 198,000 jobs since June 2022.
That’s an increase of 2.6%, for a total of 7.947 million.
Nonresidential construction employment rose by 12,200 net positions, with growth in two of its three subcategories.
Heavy and civil engineering added 7,300 positions.
Nonresidential building added 5,400 jobs.
But nonresidential specialty trade contractors lost 500 jobs.
The construction unemployment rate was 3.6%.
Unemployment across all industries dropped from 3.7% in May to 3.6% in June.
“Theory suggests that the roughly 500-basis point increase in the federal funds rate over the past year would weigh on the demand for construction workers, yet the industry continues to add thousands of jobs each month,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Contractors have collectively added jobs in 15 of the past 16 months, and ABC’s Construction Confidence Index suggests they will continue to increase staffing levels through the remainder of the year.”
Basu added that the June jobs report and the June JOLTS data confirm that labor shortages will continue. “The construction unemployment rate inched up to 3.6% in June, but that’s still the second-lowest rate on record,” Basu said. “Across all industries, unemployment remains near a 50-year low, and the prime age (24-54) employment-to-population ratio rose to the highest level since 2001. High interest rates and the cumulative effects of inflation will eventually catch up with the economy. For now, however, the labor market remains overheated.”