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Construction Employment Increases by 6,000 in March to Highest Level Since 2008; Small Job Gains Likely Reflect Mild Weather February Hiring Surge

April 7, 2017

Construction employment increased by 6,000 jobs in March as a February hiring surge prompted by mild winter weather in much of the country prompted firms to hire fewer people last month, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining public-sector investments in construction and infrastructure could impact future construction hiring unless the administration and Congress enact a new funding measure.

“Construction firms continued to add jobs over the past year at a higher rate than the overall economy,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “The small job gain in March most likely reflects ‘payback’ for unusually large hiring in February rather than a flattening of demand for projects. However, there has been a slowdown in public investment in highways and other infrastructure that could undermine construction hiring this year.”

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