Building Construction Employment Stable from March to April

The number of building construction employees remained stable from March to April 2013 with a slight 0.1 percent increase, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that approximately 1.262 million (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in March 2013, compared with 1.263 million in March 2013.

This represents a 2.6-percent increase over last April, at which time approximately 1.231 million were employed in building construction-related jobs.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was down 0.7 percent from March to April—from 682,200 to 677,400. Year-to-year numbers also were up on the nonresidential side, with a 2.7-percent increase from 659,700 in April 2012 to 677,400 in April 2013.

In residential construction, employment increased 1.1 percent from March to April—from 580,200 to 586,400. Year-to-year, residential construction-related employment was up 2.5 percent from 572,000.

Employees in   Building Construction (seasonally adjusted)

March 2013

April 2013

Percent Change from March   to April

Construction of   buildings




Nonresidential   building




Residential building




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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