Construction added 16,000 new jobs in June, and increase of just over three percent from June 2016, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That translates into 206,000 new construction jobs, nationwide. The construction industry currently employs almost 7 million people.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a division of the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.3 percent,” the Bureau reported Aug. 4. “Employment increased in food services and drinking places, professional and business services and health care.”

Construction added 16,000 new jobsThe number of employees in the construction industry in Florida jumped almost seven percent over June 2016, according to the same Bureau of Labor totals. The industry now employs just over 505,000 people in Florida.

Overall, in the nation’s total economy, employment figures remain relatively stable, according to the bureau:

“Both the unemployment rate, at 4.3 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.0 million, changed little in July,” said the bureau. “After declining earlier in the year, the unemployment rate has shown little movement in recent months.

“Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.0 percent), adult women (4.0 percent), teenagers (13.2 percent), Whites (3.8 percent), Blacks (7.4 percent), Asians (3.8 percent), and Hispanics (5.1 percent) showed little or no change in July.

“Among the unemployed, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.8 million in July and accounted for 25.9 percent of the  unemployed. 

“The labor force participation rate, at 62.9 percent, changed little in July and has shown little movement on net over the past year. The employment-population ratio (60.2 percent) was also little changed in July but is up by 0.4 percentage point over the year.

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers), at 5.3 million, was essentially unchanged in July. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

“In July, 1.6 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by 321,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. 

“Among the marginally attached, there were 536,000 discouraged workers in July, essentially unchanged over the year. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.1 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched for work for reasons as school attendance or family responsibilities.”