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For the seventh consecutive year, the construction industry has added more than 2 million jobs, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The country’s December employment data revealed continued growth in the labor market. The construction industry added 30,000 positions in the last month of 2017.
“December’s job growth included substantial gains in the construction industry which were overwhelmingly driving by specialty trade construction,” says Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for Construction Employers of America. “We are pleased with the positions added in December, and are working with policymakers to continue this trajectory as Congress begins working in earnest on a comprehensive infrastructure package.” Residential specialty construction posted 10,000 new positions, while nonresidential specialty employment grew by nearly 14,000. Unemployment remained static at 4.1 percent. “In the construction industry, all eyes are now on the infrastructure bill,” Jacobson says. “From roads and waterways to public buildings and electric transmission lines, America is ready to get to work once Congress acts. Unlocking critical federal funds for infrastructure construction will put tens of thousands more Americans to work and spur development and innovation across the country.”