The White House has released a progress update on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed into law two years ago. The update says IIJA, which includes Build America, Buy America requirements, has propelled gains in building construction, particularly in the nonresidential sector.

White House officials say the building construction industry has added 187,000 jobs since 2021, with gains split roughly between nonresidential and residential building construction. They add that while residential projects carried employment loads initially, an increase in nonresidential construction employment has driven the rise in construction employment.

Federal government data shows that nonresidential building construction has added an average of 3,800 jobs per month over the past year, “well above the average between 2011 and 2019 of 1,800 and the average between 2004 and 2007 of 2,200,” a White House release states.

Overall, White House officials say the economy has added 670,000 jobs in construction since 2021, an average of 20,000 jobs per month.

“Employment in the construction sector has exceeded the pre-Great Recession high for the first time, with [October] setting a new record high going back to the start of the data in 1939,” the White House release states.

Data shows that since 2020, there have been nearly $400 billion in public infrastructure and clean energy investments, with 40,000 infrastructure projects announced.

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