by CalculatedRisk on 8/07/2011 10:05:00 AM
Unfortunately this graph is a combination of both residential and non-residential construction employment. The BLS only started breaking out residential construction employment fairly recently (residential building employees in 1985, and residential specialty trade contractors in 2001). Usually residential investment (and residential construction) lead the economy out of recession, and non-residential construction usually lags the economy. Because this graph is a blend, it masks the usual pickup in residential construction following previous recessions. Of course residential investment didn’t lead the economy this time because of the huge overhang of existing housing units.
This table below shows the annual change in construction jobs (total, residential and non-residential) and through July for 2011.
|Annual Change in Payroll jobs (000s)|
|Year||Total Construction Jobs||Residential Construction Jobs||Non-Residential|
|Through July 2011||34||6||28|
Not much, but after five consecutive years of job losses for residential construction (and four years for total construction), this is a start.