The number of building construction employees was down 0.2 percent from December 2012 to January 2013, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that 1,243.4 thousand (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in December 2012, compared with 1,241.4 thousand in January 2013. This represents a 0.8-percent increase over last January, at which time 1,232.0 thousand were employed in building construction-related jobs.

In residential construction, construction-related employment was up 0.7 percent from December to January, from 574.4 thousand in December to 575.1 thousand. Compared with January 2012, residential construction employment also was up 0.4 percent from 572.6 thousand.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was down 2.7 percent from December to January—from 669.0 thousand to 666.3 thousand. Year-to-year numbers, however, were up on the nonresidential side, with a 1.0-percent increase from 659.4 thousand in January 2012 to 666.3 thousand in January 2013.


Employees in Building Construction (seasonally adjusted, in thousands)
Dec. 2012 Jan. 2013 Percent Change from Dec. to Jan.
Construction of buildings 1,243.4 1,241.4 -0.2
Nonresidential building 669.0 666.3 -2.7
Residential building 574.4 575.1 +0.7
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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