Despite Weak Jobs Report, Construction Sector Saw Gains in September

Oct. 6, 2017

Seasonally adjusted construction employment overall improved marginally in September, gaining 8,000 jobs from the prior month amidst an overall lackluster employment report, thanks in part to the recent hurricanes, according to the Labor Department’s latest report, released today.

According to the data, residential construction employment rolls dropped by nearly 4,000. Residential employment fell by close to 4,000 jobs, while the nonresidential sector saw gains of 4,800 jobs.

Specialty trade contractors realized the biggest monthly gains in September, adding almost 9,000 jobs overall, with the bulk of those gains being realized by nonresidential specialty trade contractors.

– Nicholas Stern, managing editor

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