Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Lital Shair Nada, market research associate, ARTBA
An additional 3,800 highway and bridge workers were employed at American construction sites in November 2017 compared to November 2016, a 1.1 percent increase, according to ARTBA analysis of the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
These employees, on average, worked a little longer and earned slightly more pay: 43.5 hours at $27.81 per hour two months ago, compared to 42.7 hours at $27.30 in November 2016.
Monthly employment was mixed across transportation construction related sectors. It increased 1 percent for stone mining and quarrying and fell slightly for the ready-mix concrete producers. The construction sand and gravel mining industry and construction machinery industry had gains of 11.6 and 13.8 percent, respectively.
Overall construction employment in November 2017 increased 2.7 percent as the industry added 187,800 jobs compared to November 2016.