Building Construction Employment Remains Stable from April to May

The number of building construction employees remained stable from April to May 2013 with a slight 0.1 percent decrease, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that approximately 1.269 million (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in April 2013, compared with 1.268 million in May 2013.

This represents a 0.3 -percent increase over last May, at which time approximately 1.234 million were employed in building construction-related jobs.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was down 0.4 percent from April to May—from 679,700 to 677,100. Year-to-year numbers, however, were up on the nonresidential side, with a 2.3-percent increase from 661,800 in May 2012 to 677,100 in May 2013.

In residential construction, employment increased 0.2 percent from April to May—from 589,700 to 590,600. Year-to-year, residential construction-related employment also was up 3.2 percent, from 572,500 in May 2012.

Employees in   Building Construction (seasonally adjusted)
April 2013May 2013Percent Change from   March to April
Construction of   buildings1,269,4001,267,700-0.1
Nonresidential   building679,700677,100-0.4
Residential building589,700590,600+0.2
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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