After 5 Straight Years Of Losses, Construction Employment Is Finally Rising Again

Excuse us while we interrupt your regularly scheduled doom and gloom…

After 5 years of shedding workers, the construction industry is finally (and barely) adding jobs again.

Calculated Risk breaks out the data from the latest jobs report.

Here’s the year-by-year breakdown:

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And here’s a chart that nicely illustrates the trough and beginnings of a comeback.

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Since construction jobs are historically seen as a key component of a recovery — and the lack thereof cited as a major flaw with this shaky recovery — this is something to be positive about.