Tag Archive for ‘JOLTS’

JOLTS Data: Seasonal Turnover Holds Back Construction Labor Market Growth

September data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate construction hiring picked up in September after a slow August. However, an increase in layoffs held back net hiring for the month. As a result, the pace of hiring for the sector in 2012 remains lackluster, especially given the recent pickup in strength of housing construction activity. For the economy as a whole, the September… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Construction Hiring Dips in August, but Sector Job Openings Rise

August data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate construction hiring slowed in August after an elevated July. However, construction sector job openings rose for the month. Nonetheless, the pace of hiring remains lackluster, especially given the strength in housing construction activity for 2012. For the economy as a whole, the August JOLTS data reveal that the hiring rate stood at 3.3%… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Construction Hiring Continues Small Summer Rebound

July data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) suggest that construction hiring continued a slight rebound for the months of July and August. While total hiring became more positive after weak months in the spring, the pace of hiring remains lackluster, especially given the strength in housing construction activity for 2012. For the economy as a whole, the July JOLTS data reveal that the hiring… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Construction Hiring Rebounds in June

June data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) suggest that hiring picked up for the construction industry in May and June. For the economy as a whole, the June JOLTS data reveal that the hiring rate stood at 3.3% of total employment. The national hiring rate has now been in a 3.2% to 3.4% range for the last 11 months. The job openings… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Growing Weakness for the Job Market

May data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) confirm an ongoing slowdown in the labor market, with net hiring for the construction sector (residential and nonresidential) turning negative year-to-date for 2012. For the economy as a whole, the May JOLTS data reveal that hiring rates increased to 3.3%, one of the few pieces of good news in the report. The job openings rate (the… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Slight Slowdown for Labor Market in April Confirmed

April data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) confirm the labor market experienced a slowdown during March and April, including a deceleration in construction sector hiring. The theories explaining this slowing include unusually warm weather that accelerated economic activity at the expense of future months and more ominous structural explanations related to broader macroeconomic weakness.  Overall, the data suggest that the early growth in… Read More ›

Construction Jobs: Hiring Down but Open Positions Rising

March data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey indicate a noticeable slowdown in construction sector hiring. Evidence suggests that this slowdown is more likely related to unusually warm weather and not underlying economic factors. For the economy as a whole, hiring rates have remained basically flat since the beginning of 2010. This is reflected in recent payroll employment reports that… Read More ›

Construction Hiring Slows at the Beginning of 2012

February data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that while construction hiring continues to add net jobs to the sector, the rate of this increase slowed at the beginning of the year. For the economy as a whole, hiring rates remain near post-recession highs. The hiring rate in February increased… Read More ›

Construction Employment Continues to Grow in 2012

The year 2011 was the first year since 2006 for which the overall construction sector added net jobs. And January data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the construction sector continues to expand. For the economy as whole, hiring continues at rates that add net jobs to the economy. The… Read More ›