Construction employment declined by 1,000 jobs in March but is still up by 282,000 compared to the prior year, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The sector’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent.

“After 14 months of steady job gains, construction employment suffered in March,” says Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Except for multifamily construction, home building remains weak and government officials just can’t seem to find a way to pay for needed repairs to a host of aging facilities.”

Employment in the industry totaled 6,344,000 in March, compared to 6,345,000 in February and 6,062,000 in March 2014. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors and nonresidential building contractors added a combined 5,000 jobs for the month. Meanwhile, residential building and specialty trade contractors lost 2,800 jobs (-0.1 percent) since February but added 136,300 jobs (6 percent) over 12 months, according to AGC. Within the residential sector, however, results were split, with residential building contractors adding 3,700 jobs for the month, while residential specialty trade contractors lost 6,500 jobs compared to February.

According to Simonson, the employment figures are consistent with February spending data released earlier this month, which showed declining investments in residential and public sector construction projects, offsetting growing demand for private, nonresidential construction.