Posted February 3, 2017

Construction employment up in January

Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December.

Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000). Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 227,000 in January, and the unemployment rate edged up to 4.8 percent from 4.7 percent last month.

Manufacturing added 5,000 jobs in the month, following an 11,000 jobs gain in December.