At its nadir during the recession, construction employment fell below 5.5 million nationwide. No industry felt the squeeze of that period in the late 2000s-early 2010s quite like construction, and the climb back has been slow.

However, with total construction employment in Summer 2016 sitting a bit below 6.7 million -- still 1 million below its peak in 2007 -- ...

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Construction workers seeking job opportunities have the best odds in the residential sector. Though still lagging behind national unemployment averages, construction employment outlook is creeping upward due to home sales.

Housing numbers improved markedly in September, with new home sales improving 5.7%. The 27% increase during the past year brings the United States to a high not seen since the ...

U.S. developers broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in July. The Commerce Department suggests that home building is maintaining its recovery but might be starting to feel the effects of higher mortgage rates.

Builders began work on houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 in July 2013. Construction began on 26 percent more ...

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the construction sector accounted for 48,000 of the more than 250,000 jobs added to the American economy in December 2014.

The construction industry is still behind pre-recession employment numbers, but hiring growth throughout 2014 saw the sector at more than 6 million employed workers for the first time in over five years.

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Construction employers, in association with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), are dedicating the first week of May to workplace safety training.

The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down campaign is designed to increase awareness and preventative training on construction sites. OSHA reports in 2014, there were 345 fatalities on construction workplaces caused by falls.

While the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down ...

The construction marketplace faces huge technological changes in the next five years.

Technology is changing the way many in the homebuilding industry do business and even the way they perform tasks on the jobsite. You’ve heard the saying “there’s an app for that.” Well, for builders and remodelers, it’s true!

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Analysis of federal labor data by the Associated General Contractors of America shows construction employment growth, but the report "shows the fragile and fragmentary nature of the industry’s recovery,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, in a prepared statement.

 

“Construction employment increased in 37 states during the past 12 months — the largest number with gains since early ...

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