Construction employment remained virtually unchanged nationally in May, with the industry adding 2,000 jobs as the sector's unemployment rate dropped to 16.3 percent.
That's the analysis of new federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.
AGC officials said declines in public sector construction demand are offsetting slight increases in private sector demand, resulting in stagnant construction employment that is unlikely to change soon.
"At the current rate of growth, the construction industry will continue to experience double-digit unemployment rates for a long time," Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist, said in a release.
"Simply put, there just isn't enough demand for construction to fuel the kind of hiring needed to get industry employment back to where it was in 2007."
Non-residential construction sectors lost 6,200 jobs in May, while the residential sector added 8,200 jobs.