Construction unemployment up 16 percent
Construction unemployment jumped 16 percent in December, according to a Jan. 6 report from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
However, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says this rise in unemployment shouldn’t cause too much alarm.
“The increase in construction unemployment is primarily associated with seasonal factors and should not be interpreted as evidence of industry decline,” Basu said in a written press statement.
ABC notes that, according to the Jan. 6 jobs report by the U.S. Labor Department, despite the addition of 17,000 jobs in December, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate jumped to 16 percent last month, a sharp increase from 13.1 percent in November, but down from 20.7 percent the same time last year.
From our partners
MORE FROM Aggbeat Online
SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW
- VIDEO: World conference discusses Lafarge-Holcim merger456 Views
- Controversial quarry granted permit by Indiana Department of Natural Resources445 Views
- PHOTOS: Reclamation photo contest entries showcase post-mining opportunities403 Views
- The final Waters of the U.S. rule has been released to the Federal Register370 Views
- Loader operator dies after sand avalanche at Massachusetts sand and gravel company359 Views