The number of building construction employees remained stable from March to April 2013 with a slight 0.1 percent increase, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that approximately 1.262 million (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in March 2013, compared with 1.263 million in March 2013.

This represents a 2.6-percent increase over last April, at which time approximately 1.231 million were employed in building construction-related jobs.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was down 0.7 percent from March to April—from 682,200 to 677,400. Year-to-year numbers also were up on the nonresidential side, with a 2.7-percent increase from 659,700 in April 2012 to 677,400 in April 2013.

In residential construction, employment increased 1.1 percent from March to April—from 580,200 to 586,400. Year-to-year, residential construction-related employment was up 2.5 percent from 572,000.

Employees in Building Construction (seasonally adjusted)
March 2013 April 2013 Percent Change from March to April
Construction of buildings 1,262,400 1,263,800 +0.1
Nonresidential building 682,200 677,400


Residential building 580,200 586,400 +1.1
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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