Employment in job sectors that include glaziers and glass installers continues to tick up overall in 2017 compared to the year before, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The nonresidential specialty trades category, which encompasses glazing contractors, saw a very slight decrease in employment from June to July but has increased 1.7 percent year-over-year. The nonresidential building segment, including building exterior contractors, edged up for the month and has increased its jobs total by 0.3 percent from the same time in 2016.
Residential building and residential specialty trades, which includes installers of fenestration products, glass shower enclosure specialists and other glazing-related fields, increased employment by 0.3 percent from June to July and 4.6 percent from July 2016 to July 2017.
The construction industry overall added approximately 6,000 new net jobs for the month and 191,000 for the year, bringing its employment total to 6,899,000 as of July.
The construction unemployment rate stands at 4.9 percent, which Associated General Contractors of America chief economist Ken Simonson said in his analysis suggests contractors are having difficulty filling positions. “Although construction spending has slowed, many contractors are still looking for qualified craft workers and project managers,” he said.
Associated Builders and Contractors chief economist Anirban Basu noted in his analysis that contractors continue to remain busy, particularly in the private construction sector. However, he too points to the labor shortage as a continuing problem.
“The primary issue for contractors has not revolved around the availability of people looking for work, but rather the availability of people with the requisite skills or the willingness to master them,” he said.