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Data Show Construction Job Openings Increased in November

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Data Show Construction Job Openings Increased in November

Construction industry job openings and labor turnover data for November showed an increase to the highest level since the close of 2022

January 3, 2024
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At the end of November 2023, the construction industry had 459,000 job openings, according to Associated Builders and Contractors' analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data, which defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. That was an increase of 43,000 from October 2023 and an 111,000 increase compared with November 2022.

“The number of open, unfilled construction positions increased to the highest level since the end of 2022,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “November’s 5.4% job opening rate is higher than at any point from the start of the data series in 2000 to the end of 2021. Contractors continue to grapple with skilled labor shortages even as the demand for and supply of labor in the broader economy rebalances. 

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