National – Construction employment edged up by 2,000 jobs between March and April as contractors scrambled to find workers in an increasingly tight labor market, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government data.
The unemployment rate among jobseekers with construction experience tumbled from 7.7% in April 2021 to 4.6% last month, the lowest April rate since the series began in 2000. The number of unemployed construction workers fell by 304,000 or 40% to 464,000, a 22-year low for April.
There were 415,000 construction-industry job openings at the end of March, a jump of 69,000 or 20% from March 2021. That was the largest total for any month since that series began in 2000, Simonson noted, citing government data released on Wednesday.
Total construction employment inched up by 2,000 employees to 7,628,000 in April. Employment in residential construction rose by 3,800 workers, including 2,500 employed by homebuilders and multifamily general contractors and 1,300 at residential specialty trade contractors.
Employment dipped by 2,000 at nonresidential construction firms, the first decline in eight months. The losses were limited to nonresidential specialty trade contractors, which shed 6,400 employees. General building contractors added 3,900 workers, while heavy and civil engineering construction firms added 500 employees.