By Lital Shair Nada, market research associate, ARTBA

Highway and bridge contractors added 21,600 more workers to their payroll in August 2016 compared to August 2015, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Though this is the highest level of August employment since 2007, jobs in this sector have remained at relatively low levels for the past seven years. August 2016 highway and bridge contractor employment is up 5.9 percent from August 2015, but is still down 2.6 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels. Year-to-date, 2016 highway and bridge construction employment is up 7 percent from 2015 levels, but is down 5 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels.

General construction employment follows a similar trend. Employment in this sector also increased year over year; in August and September, construction employment rose 3 percent compared to August and September 2015. However, construction employment in August and September is still down significantly from 2007 pre-recession levels.

Read ARTBA’s Transportation Construction Industry Employment report for October 2016.