The number of building construction employees rose 3.3 percent from February to March 2013, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that approximately 1.257 million (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs in February 2013, compared with 1.260 million in March 2013.

This represents a 2.1-percent increase over last March, at which time approximately 1.234 million were employed in building construction-related jobs.

On the nonresidential side, construction-related employment was up 1.0 percent from February to March—from 681,100 to 682,100. Year-to-year numbers also were up on the nonresidential side, with a 3.2-percent increase from 661,000 in March 2012 to 682,100 in March 2013.

In residential construction, employment increased 2.3 percent from February to March—from 575,800 to 578,100. Year-to-year, residential construction-related employment was up 0.9 percent from 573,200.

Employees in Building Construction (seasonally adjusted)
February 2013March 2013Percent Change from Feb. to March
Construction of buildings1.257 million1.260 million+3.3
Nonresidential building681,100682,100+1.0
Residential building575,800578,100+2.3
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics