Construction June Unemployment Rate Down As Industry Adds 6,000 Jobs (ENR)

Construction June Unemployment Rate Down As Industry Adds 6,000 Jobs (ENR)

Construction’s employment picture is getting a bit brighter, as the industry added 6,000 jobs in June and its jobless rate dipped to 8.2% from May’s 8.6%.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report, released on July 3, also showed that construction’s jobless rate last month was markedly better than June 2013’s 9.8% level and was the industry’s best monthly figure in nearly six years.

Construction segments had mixed jobs results last month. Buildings construction was the leader, adding 6,600 jobs. But heavy and civil engineering construction shed 700 positions.

The nonresidential buildings sub-sector added 2,100 jobs but nonresidential specialty trade contractors lost 1,400.

Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America chief economist, said, “The construction industry continues to expand gradually and unevenly.”

Simonson noted that although the industry’s total employment has risen 3.2% since June 2013, to slightly more than 6 million, it still is down by more than 22% from the 2006 peak.

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