The number of open construction jobs in May is estimated to be the fourth highest monthly total since the recession. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs increased from 137,000 in April to 149,000 in May.
The May construction sector hiring rate held steady at 5 percent. The May number of sector job quits was also relatively unchanged at 117,000.
According to NAHB Monthly employment data for June 2015 indicates that total employment in home building/remodeling stands at 2.442 million, broken down as 686,000 builders and 1.755 million residential specialty trade contractors.
Over the last 12 months the industry has added 127,000 jobs. Since the low point of industry employment following the Great Recession, the residential construction industry has gained 455,600 positions.