Mid-Year Construction Staffing Update

June 4, 2024

The construction industry is experiencing some significant shifts in the labor market. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), construction job openings dropped by 8,000 in April, reaching the lowest level since March 2023. However, this decrease in job openings does not necessarily indicate a drop in the demand for labor.

Key Takeaways:

  • Decrease in Job Openings: The construction industry had 338,000 job openings on the last day of April, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous month and 25,000 from the same time last year.
  • Steady Demand for Labor: Despite the drop in job openings, payroll employment data shows ongoing hiring, and ABC’s Construction Confidence Index indicates that a majority of contractors plan to increase their staffing levels in the coming months.
  • Sector-Specific Trends: The decline in job openings is likely concentrated in the residential segment, where the combination of high new-home inventory, a slumping multifamily segment, and high interest rates has reduced demand.

What This Means for Contractor Companies:

  1. Adapting to Market Fluctuations: The construction job market is volatile, and contractor companies need to stay agile to adapt to changing conditions. While job openings have decreased, the demand for skilled labor remains high.
  2. Focusing on Retention: With fewer new job openings, retaining skilled workers is more important than ever. Contractors must offer competitive wages and benefits to keep their best employees.
  3. Sector-Specific Strategies: Different segments of the construction industry face unique challenges. For example, residential construction might be seeing a slowdown, while nonresidential and manufacturing segments continue to grow.

How Skillforce Can Help:

  • Providing Skilled Labor: We specialize in supplying skilled construction workers to meet your project needs, ensuring you have the talent required to complete projects on time and within budget — wherever you’re located in the United States.
  • Flexible Staffing Solutions: Our tailored staffing solutions help you navigate market fluctuations by providing workers when and where you need them, reducing the risk of project delays.
  • Recruitment and Retention Support: We offer strategies to attract and retain top talent, including competitive compensation packages, training programs, and employee benefits.

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