By Lital Shair Nada, market research associate, ARTBA

Highway and bridge contractors added 19,500 more workers to their payroll in November 2016 compared to November 2015, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

November 2016 highway and bridge contractor employment is up 5.8 percent from November 2015, but is still down 1.7 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels. Year-to-date 2016 highway and bridge construction employment is up from 2015 levels, but is down 3.8 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels.

General construction employment follows a similar trend. Employment in this sector also increased year over year; in November and December, construction employment rose 2 percent compared to November and December 2015. However, construction employment in November and December is still down significantly from 2007 pre-recession levels.

Read ARTBA’s Transportation Construction Industry Employment report for January 2017.