Construction Employment Drives December Job Gains

January 5, 2018

Contact: Jack Jacobson
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Specialty Trade Construction Dominated Employment Growth

Washington, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released the country’s December employment data, revealing continued growth in the labor market. The construction industry added 30,000 positions in the last month of 2017, capping the seventh consecutive year in which more than 2 million jobs were created.

“December’s job growth included substantial gains in the construction industry which were overwhelmingly driving by specialty trade construction,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for Construction Employers of America. “We are pleased with the positions added in December, and are working with policymakers to continue this trajectory as Congress begins working in earnest on a comprehensive infrastructure package.”

Residential specialty construction posted 10,000 new positions, while nonresidential specialty employment grew by nearly 14,000. Unemployment remained static at 4.1%.

“In the construction industry, all eyes are now on the infrastructure bill,” continued Jacobson. “From roads and waterways to public buildings and electric transmission lines, America is ready to get to work once Congress acts. Unlocking critical federal funds for infrastructure construction will put tens of thousands more Americans to work and spur development and innovation across the country.”

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