Employment report highlights return of construction jobs

|By:, SA News Editor

One feature of Friday's employment report was the continued recovery in the construction industry, which hired 32,000 workers in April, or 11% of the total. The sector has added 124,000 employees during the previous four months.

The segment was decimated during the Great Recession, when 2.3M jobs were lost and the number of positions fell to below 5.4M in April 2011 from more than 7.7M five years earlier. The figure is back up to 6M.

The problem is that because many people left the construction sector over the past few years, a lot of the new hires are unskilled and need intensive training.