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JOLTS Data from the Start of 2020

Given the growing number of economic impacts from mitigation efforts associated with the coronavirus, early 2020 labor market data is of reduced value. However, the data help to describe where the economy was before the shocks of March. January data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings posted year-over-year decline at the… Read More ›

Exceptional Job Gains for February

The U.S. job market remained strong in February. Total payroll employment increased by 273,000 and the unemployment rate was 3.5% for the month. Residential construction employment increased by 21,900 in February, after a revised increase of 22,400 in January. Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.6 million in February. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the… Read More ›

A Strong Start for 2020

The labor market started the new year with a solid gain. Total payroll employment increased by 225,000 and the unemployment rate was 3.6% in January. Residential construction employment increased by 20,200 in January, the largest gain in the past twelve months. Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.6 million in January. The Bureau of Labor Statistics… Read More ›

Year-over-Year Decline for Construction Job Openings

Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings posted a monthly decline in November and a substantial decrease on a year-over-year basis. The estimated number of job openings declined from the October total (326,000) to 214,000 in November, after reaching a post-Great Recession high of 434,000 in April. The November 2019 count of… Read More ›

145,000 Jobs Added in December

Total payroll employment increased by 145,000 and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5% in December. Residential construction employment increased by 3,200 in December, after a decline of 1,100 jobs in November (revised). Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.6 million in December. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation Summary for December. Total… Read More ›

A Decade of Home Building: The Long Recovery of the 2010s

Home building in the 2010s was a story of the Long Recovery. After the Great Recession, the number of home builders declined significantly, and housing production was unable to meet buyer demand. This deficit of housing in the United States continues to exist because of persistent supply-side headwinds for builders, creating a critical housing affordability challenge for renters and homebuyers…. Read More ›

Year-over-Year Gains for Construction Job Openings

Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings posted a monthly decline in October but remain higher on a year-over-year basis. The estimated number of job openings declined from the September total (327,000) to 311,000 in October, after reaching a post-Great Recession high of 434,000 in April. The October 2019 count of unfilled… Read More ›

Strong Job Growth in November

Total payroll employment increased by 266,000 in November, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.5%. Residential construction employment was little changed (-500) in November, after an increase of 5,400 jobs in October (revised). Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.5 million in November. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation Summary for November. Total… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Continue Year-over-Year Gains

Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings increased in September on a year-over-year basis. The estimated number of job openings declined from the August total to 338,000 in September, after reaching a post-Great Recession high of 434,000 in April. The September 2019 count of unfilled jobs represents a year-over-year gain relative to… Read More ›

128,000 Jobs Added in October

The October job gains suggests the job market is still showing solid gains. Total employment increased by 128,000 and the unemployment rate inched up 0.1 percentage points to 3.6%. Residential construction employment increased by 5,100 in October, after an increase of 5,500 jobs in September (revised). Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.5 million in October…. Read More ›