By Lital Shair Nada, ARTBA Market Research Associate

Highway and bridge contractors added 20,300 workers to their payroll in February 2017 compared to February 2016, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Though this is the highest level of February employment since 2008, jobs in this sector have remained at relatively low levels for the past seven years. February 2017 highway and bridge contractor employment is up 8.2 percent from February 2016, but is still down 2.1 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels.

General construction employment follows a similar trend. Employment in this sector also increased year over year; in February and March, construction employment rose 2.9 percent compared to February and March 2016. However, construction employment in February and March is still down significantly from 2007 pre-recession levels.

View the full ARTBA Labor Report.