The number of building construction employees remained stable from April to May 2013 with a slight 0.1 percent decrease, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that approximately 1.269 million (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in April 2013, compared with 1.268 million in May 2013.

This represents a 0.3 -percent increase over last May, at which time approximately 1.234 million were employed in building construction-related jobs.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was down 0.4 percent from April to May—from 679,700 to 677,100. Year-to-year numbers, however, were up on the nonresidential side, with a 2.3-percent increase from 661,800 in May 2012 to 677,100 in May 2013.

In residential construction, employment increased 0.2 percent from April to May—from 589,700 to 590,600. Year-to-year, residential construction-related employment also was up 3.2 percent, from 572,500 in May 2012.

Employees in Building Construction (seasonally adjusted)
April 2013 May 2013 Percent Change from March to April
Construction of buildings 1,269,400 1,267,700 -0.1
Nonresidential building 679,700 677,100 -0.4
Residential building 589,700 590,600 +0.2
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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