The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says workers employed by highway, street and bridge contractors grew 8.2 percent in February compared to the same month in 2016, representing a net increase of roughly 20,300 workers.
Total workers employed in this segment reached 267,400, the highest mark for February since 2008. ARTBA points out, however, that this figure is down 2.1 percent compared to “2007 pre-recession levels.”
The association breaks down other related industry employment including:
- Highway, street and bridge contractors, production workers – 206,900 (9.9 percent increase)
- Stone mining and quarrying – 39,100 (3.7 percent increase)
- Construction sand and gravel mining – 26,100 (3.2 percent increase)
- Ready-mix concrete – 88,900 (4.7 percent increase)
- Construction machinery – 66,300 (2.2 percent decrease)
ARTBA also reports the average hourly wage of production workers in highway, street and bridge construction for February was $25.49, a slight increase from the $25.38 recorded last year, and about 2.5 percent less than the overall construction industry average hourly wage.
Workers in highway, street and bridge construction put in 40.9 hours on the job per week on average in February, compared to 40.2 hours the same month last year.
ARTBA’s full labor report for February figures is available here.