Tag Archive for ‘labor market’

Count of Open Construction Jobs in March

The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions remained elevated in March. Over the last few months, the construction labor market has experienced swings in the monthly count of new hires, as the share of open construction jobs has trended higher. 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 ›

Consumer Confidence and Economic Cycles

Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers’ perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the near future’s economy.   Figure 1 shows both the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment and the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index are highly inversely correlated with the unemployment rate. High unemployment drives down… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Weak Employment Gains in March

The March employment report disappointed most economists, casting some doubt on the strength of the labor market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that payroll employment expanded by only 126,000 positions, with downward revisions totaling 69,000 for previously reported jobs gains in January and February. While the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%, the downshift in the size of monthly… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in March – Snow Daze? Fed Delays

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that payroll employment expanded by a disappointing 126 thousand in March, well below expectations. Job gains in January and February were revised downward by a total of 69 thousand. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5%. The question now is whether (weather) this is a one-off disappointment or a something more ominous. It’s… Read More ›

Construction Immigrants Highly Concentrated in Some States and Trades

New NAHB research shows that while foreign-born workers represent a substantial component of the US construction labor force, accounting for almost 23 percent, their share is even higher in construction trades, reaching 28 percent. Concentration of immigrants is particularly high in some of the trades needed to build a home, like carpenters, painters, drywall/ceiling tile installers, brick masons, and construction… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in January – January Revisions, June Decisions

January is annual revisions month so the employment report is a little more complicated than usual, but a strong report nonetheless. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that payroll employment expanded by 257 thousand in January. Job gains in November and December were revised upward by a total of 147 thousand. The revisions to the establishment survey include late reporters… Read More ›

The Construction Immigrant Worker Flow

New NAHB research estimates the immigrant labor flow into the construction industry over the housing boom and bust years. The results show that more than 135,000 immigrant workers entered the US construction industry at the height of the housing boom in 2005. By 2011, the construction immigrant flow plummeted to a low of 23,000, highlighting the role of new immigrant… Read More ›