WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5—National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
The nonresidential construction sector added 3,200 net new jobs in April after adding 8,500 net jobs in March (revised down from 13,300), while the residential sector added just 900 net jobs for the month. Construction employment expanded 2.6 percent on yearly basis, well above the year-over-year growth rate for all nonfarm industries (+1.6 percent).
“Today’s employment report confirms that the U.S. economic expansion remains firmly in place,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “That said, Continue reading “Economic Update: US Construction Employment Remains Steady”
The Dodge Momentum Index ended a six-month streak of gains in April, falling 5.1% to 133.8 from a downward-revised revised March reading of 140.9, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
The institutional sector, the driver of previous gains in the index, dropped 12%, while the commercial segment remained almost flat at 0.1%.
Even with this reported setback in momentum, since early 2016, the index has gained more than 20% through the end of March 2017 — Continue reading “Dodge Momentum Index Falls 5% After 6 Straight Months of Gaining”
Businesses added 298,000 jobs in February, continuing a second month of solid job growth, according to the ADP National Employment Report. The growth was driven by intensive hiring in construction and manufacturing.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Continue reading “Economic Update: Strong Job Growth Driven By Construction Industry “