Tag Archive for ‘employment’

FOMC Statement: All Eyes on December

The statement released following the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) fell in line with market expectations as the committee chose to keep the federal funds rate unchanged.  The Committee’s assessment of the economy remained positive, leaving a December rate hike very much in play.  In the statement, the Committee continued its upbeat assessment of labor and economic activity…. Read More ›

Job Openings and Hiring Increase in Construction

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector rose in July, nearing the post-Great Recession high set in March. Residential construction hiring has also increased, after a period of soft gains in jobs. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July, after establishing a… Read More ›

States with the Fastest Growing Construction Employment

NAHB’s analysis of July regional employment data from the BLS shows that states with the highest annual growth rates of total construction employment are Iowa (16.52%), Hawaii (12.89%), Idaho (12.63%), and Colorado (10.88%), compared to the national average growth rate of 4.55%.   Thirty-nine states and District of Columbia experienced positive year-over-year changes in construction employment in July. On a… Read More ›

Slight Decline for Construction Job Openings as Hiring Slows

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined, but remained elevated, in May after setting a post-Great Recession high in March. Simultaneously, the rate of jobs being added to the residential construction sector has slowed noticeably over the last three months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in June – Back On Track

The labor market report for June is a refreshing tonic after last month’s discomfort. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment growth rebounded in June, expanding by 287 thousand after an unnervingly weak May. Gains in the information sector were boosted by the return of roughly 40 thousand Verizon workers who had been out on strike in May…. Read More ›

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

According to NAHB’s National Impact of Home Building model, building 1,000 average single-family homes generates 2,975 jobs and $111.0 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government.  Similarly, building 1,000 average rental apartments generates 1,133 jobs and $42.4 million in taxes. The jobs are measured in full-time equivalents (enough work to keep one worker employed full-time for a… Read More ›

One-person Firms in Residential Construction: Many but Small

In 2014, there were 1.7 million one-person firms in specialty trade contracting (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc.), 582,000 in residential building construction (e.g., home builders and remodelers), and 11,000 in land subdivision (developers of residential lots). These numbers come from the latest U.S. Census Bureau’s Nonemployer Statistics,  which define a nonemployer as a business with no-paid employees, which means essentially that… Read More ›

Declines for Residential Construction Employment as Job Openings Persist

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector remained elevated in April after a post-Great Recession high in March. However, the count of total jobs in the residential construction sector has declined for two straight months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) fell to 200,000 in April,… Read More ›