The construction industry added 16,000 jobs in September. September was the ninth consecutive month that employment in the construction industry increased. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the construction industry was at 7 percent in September. This is the lowest unemployment rate since November 2007 when it was at 6.2 percent.
The construction industry has added 230,000 jobs over the last 12 months with 203,000 of those jobs being added in 2014. Construction employment was at 6,079,000 jobs in September.
All sectors in the construction industry saw job gains in September with the exception of nonresidential building construction which remained flat. Specialty trade contractors had the highest gains, adding 8,000 jobs in September. The construction industry has averaged 22,555 jobs added each month in 2014.