US construction job openings at 350,000 in August, says ABC

The US construction industry had 350,000 job openings on the last day of August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Ancillary Equipment / October 9, 2023
By Guy Woodford
ABC says US construction job openings stood at 350,000 in August 2023. Pic: ABC

 JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position an employer actively recruits for. Industry job openings decreased by 3,000 last month but are up by 5,000 from the same time last year.

“The number of open, unfilled construction positions declined in August but remains higher than both one year ago and the pre-pandemic level,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Pic: ABC


“Despite the year-over-year increase, the rate at which construction workers are quitting has slowed dramatically as labour constraints ease in other industries that compete for the same workers. With a majority of contractors looking to expand their staffing levels over the next six months, according to ABC’s Construction Confidence Index, any improvements in the labour supply will help contractors keep project costs under control.” 

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