Construction adds 6,000 jobs in March

Updated Apr 11, 2017

Construction Workers On Break Legs FeetThough the increase wasn’t as substantial as the two months that preceded it, the U.S. construction industry notched a seventh straight month of jobs expansion in March.

The industry now employs 6.882 million Americans, a 2.6-percent increase over the March 2016 figure, according to preliminary data from the Labor Department.

March’s report also brought a revision to the February total, bringing employment gains during that month up from the previously reported 58,000 jobs to 59,000 jobs. The February increase is the second-largest addition of jobs to the industry in the last 10 years.

The industry’s unemployment rate fell from 8.8 percent to 8.4 percent during March.

The U.S. economy as a whole added 98,000 jobs during the month while the unemployment rate fell slightly from 4.7 percent to 4.5 percent.

Construction employment since January 2007

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