June Employment Data Reveals Construction Jobs Growth

Specialty Construction Rebounds Slightly from Stagnant Spring

Washington, DC – Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the country’s June employment numbers. The economy added 222,000 jobs, 18,500 of which were in the specialty construction sector. Unemployment held relatively steady at 4.4%.

“Construction Employers of America is cautiously optimistic at the elevated employment numbers in the specialty construction industry,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for CEA. “June is peak construction season. We would have hoped for much better numbers at this time of the year.”

Specialty construction continues to dominate employment in the construction industry. In June, the economy added 7,500 residential specialty construction jobs and 11,000 non-residential specialty construction positions; building construction contracted by nearly 5,000 positions.

CEA and its member organizations continue to offer robust apprenticeship and training programs to ensure a strong pipeline of applicants for positions created when construction employment grows. CEA employer members jointly sponsor apprenticeship and training programs that meet and exceed state and federal standards, teaching essential skills to apprentices and delivering top-level performance for industry employers and their clients. Increasingly, CEA employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs are accredited for college credit due to the increasing sophistication of skilled building trades work and technology.

“CEA once again urges Congress and the Trump Administration to move forward now with smart tax reform legislation and significant federal infrastructure investment before the opportunity to sustain our economic growth evaporates,” continued Jacobson. “We well understand the need for tax reform and infrastructure investment. It’s long past time to stop talking and start legislating.”

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. Our impact on the American economy is significant. We represent over 15,000 employers and 1.4 million employees nationwide. More information about CEA and our issues can be found online at www.constructionemployersofamerica.com.

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