ContractGlazing  
Construction Employment: Specialty  
Trade Contractors Shed Jobs in May  
he nonresidential specialty trade for the month to 1,930,200, marking a Percent Change in Employment,  
contractors sector, which in- 4.5-percent year-over-year jump.  
According to the Associated General  
other slight decline in employment in Contractors of America’s (AGC) analy-  
May, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor sis,the 6,881,000 job total,thanks to an  
projected 2014-24  
T
cludes contract glaziers, saw an-  
Construction trades workers  
10%  
Statistics data.  
The segment shed 6,300 jobs from est level since October 2008.  
April for a 0.3-percent dip, though its “Construction firms continued add-  
,450,600-worker total in May rep- ing new jobs at a faster rate than the  
11,000-job increase in May,is the high-  
Total, all occupations 7%  
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resents a 1.7-percent increase from broader economy during the past year  
May of 2016. The nonresidential as demand for their services remains  
building category, which also includes strong,”said Ken Simonson,AGC’s chief  
building exterior contractors, added economist. “Even so, they had to keep  
Glaziers  
4%  
3
on a monthly basis and a 0.9-percent because they could not find enough  
bump to 764,300 from the same time qualified people to hire.”  
,500 jobs for a 0.5-percent increase employees on the job for more hours  
Note: All occupations includes all occupations  
in the U.S. Economy.  
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  
Employment Projections program  
last year.  
The overall construction jobs year-  
“Nonresidential specialty trade con- over-year growth rate nearly doubled  
tractors collectively shed employment, the percentage rise in total nonfarm the average nonfarm private sector job  
which is consistent with the weak con- payroll employment, Simonson added. in the U.S.  
struction spending numbers released,” The sector’s unemployment rate in  
Associated Builders and Contractors May was 5.3 percent, up slightly from ment rate remaining so low, one fur-  
chief economist Anirban Basu said in 5.2 percent a year ago.  
ther hopes that more job seekers will  
his analysis.“Those statistics indicated  
Simonson noted that average weekly be induced to seek employment in the  
“With the construction unemploy-  
ongoing softening in construction hours in construction rose to 39.9, the construction trades,” added Basu. “Un-  
spending in both private and public highest May figure since the series fortunately,to date that has not happened  
segments.”  
began in 2006.Average hourly earnings at sufficient levels. That said, economists  
The residential specialty trades, in the industry jumped to $28.55, an remain confident that the next two quar-  
which includes glass installers in increase of 2.2 percent from last year. ters will be associated with more robust  
single- and multi-family homes, in- According to AGC, construction pays growth, which could help to reinvigorate  
creased employment by 0.3 percent nearly 9 percent more per hour than construction spending momentum.” n  
How the Latest Glazing-Related Construction Employment Numbers are Trending  
Number of Jobs Per Sector  
April  
2017  
May  
2017  
Apr 17-May 17  
% Change  
May  
2016  
May  
2017  
May 16-May 17  
% Change  
Job Category  
Nonresidential specialty trades 2,456,900 2,450,600  
-0.3%  
0.5%  
0.3%  
0.2%  
2,409,500 2,450,600  
757,200 764,300  
1.7%  
0.9%  
4.5%  
2.9%  
Nonresidential building  
760,800  
764,300  
Residential specialty trades  
1,925,100 1,930,200  
6,870,000 6,881,000  
1,846,200 1,930,200  
6,690,000 6,881,000  
Total construction  
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics  
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