Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Highway and bridge contractors added 1,900 more workers to their payroll in 2014 compared to 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite these gains, jobs in this sector have remained at low levels for the past six years. The annual average for 2014 highway and bridge employment is down 14 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels.
The sluggish employment levels are in line with overall market trends in highway and bridge construction. Highway and bridge construction market activity through November 2014 was still down seven percent below pre-recession 2007 levels, when adjusted for material costs and inflation. State and local governments have also awarded fewer highway and bridge contracts in the past year— a leading indicator of future market activity and industry employment —awards in 2014 were down 15 percent compared to 2013.