Report On U.S. Construction Employment Shows Numerous Areas Of Growth

According to newly-released analysis from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), though U.S. construction employment is still behind pre-recession highs, many areas of the industry are reporting steady job growth.

Commercial and industrial building is outpacing residential construction, despite strong growth in remodeling and new housing developments. Heavy and civil engineering construction, however, has been the fastest growing sector since 2011.

Looking at new building construction, jobs in the residential sector are projected to grow 3% from 2011 to the end of 2014, bringing total employment to about 1,038,000 jobs. Commercial building jobs, meanwhile, are projected to grow slightly faster at 4 percent, to about 764,000 jobs.

The analysis uses EMSI’s labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

The other half of the construction industry includes infrastructure building and specialty trades that support all areas of construction.

Heavy and civil engineering jobs are projected to grow 5% from 2011 to the end of 2014 (to about 939,000 overall). This growth is driven by gains in utility system construction jobs (11%). Jobs in specialty trade contracting are projected to grow 3% (to about 4,961,000 overall.) The growth in this sector is dominated by plumbing, heating, and electrical industries (6%).