Tag Archive for ‘employment’

Homebuilders Struggle to Add to Payrolls

Starts of new single-family homes have jumped approximately 26% since May 2011 (and more than 46% since bottoming out in early 2009). Unfortunately, the rebound in starts does not appear to have bolstered job creation within the residential construction sector as payrolls have inched 1% higher in the past year. The homebuilding industry as a whole, which includes building contractors… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for May – More Bad News

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for May. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 69 thousand in May with private payrolls adding 82 thousand and government taking away 13 thousand. The March and April estimates were revised downward by 49 thousand for those months, and the unemployment rate ticked up a tenth to 8.2 percent, based… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for April – More Disappointing

Last month’s employment report included a preliminary estimate of total non-farm payroll growth of 120 thousand in March – disappointing. Today’s report includes a preliminary estimate of 115 thousand added jobs in April – more disappointing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for April today. Payrolls increased by 115 thousand in April, the February and… Read More ›

Construction Self Employment Rates are on the Rise

Construction is known for employing a relatively high share of self employed workers. In fact, according to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), the construction sector registers the second highest share of self-employed among all industries, more than 26 percent of the employed labor force, i.e. more than one in four construction workers are self employed.  Only agriculture has a… 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 ›

The Employment Situation for March – Disappointing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for March today. Payrolls increased by 120 thousand in March, an unexpected deceleration after strong gains in January and February that averaged 258 thousand. Some of the slowdown could be payback for a warm weather surge that boosted January and February. Even with the deceleration the first quarter average… Read More ›

Montana’s At-Large Congressional District Has More Residential Construction Workers Than Any Other District

A new research paper from NAHB Economics presents the 2010 estimates of residential construction employment by state and Congressional district. Despite significant employment losses that took place in home building during the housing downturn the industry continues to employ a substantial number of workers in most parts of the country. NAHB estimates show that, nationally, close to 3.4 million people… 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 ›

The Employment Situation for February – Solid Job Gains, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for February today. Payroll employment expanded by 227 thousand from January to February and upward revisions added a total of 61 thousand to the December and January gains. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent, based on strong gains in both employment and the labor force, according to… Read More ›