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Construction Employment Rises by 23,000 Jobs in August and 297,000 for the Year Even as Labor Shortages Prevent Firms from Hiring More Workers

September 7, 2018

Construction employment increased by 23,000 jobs in August and by 297,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate stood at an all-time low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Even as firms continued to expand, a new report finds that most firms are struggling to find enough workers to keep up with demand.

“The construction industry continues to add workers and increase pay at greater rates than the economy as a whole, with job gains spread across both residential and non-residential construction,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.  “But contractors report widespread difficulty in finding qualified workers for both salaried and hourly craft positions.”

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