Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Highway and bridge contractors added 9,100 more workers to their payroll in November 2014 compared to November 2013, an increase of 2.9 percent, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increase in employment is consistent with an uptick in highway and bridge construction activity from 2013 levels. As contractors have started to do more work, they have hired more employees to work both on the job site and in the office. Despite recent gains, the overall number of jobs in the industry is still 10 percent below pre-recession levels.

The outlook for highway and bridge construction employment in 2015 will depend on a variety of market factors, including contractor backlogs, the value of construction work, developments regarding the federal aid highway program and the overall economy.