November Jobs Numbers Provide Little Optimism or Relief for U.S. Construction Industry

Dec 02, 2011, 12:13 ET from Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

While National Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6 percent, Building and Construction Trades Workers Continue to Confront Rate Exceeding 13 Percent Nationwide

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, delivered the following statement on the release of the November 2011 jobs report by the U.S. Department of Labor:

The fact that our nation's overall unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6 percent is, indeed, cause for optimism.  However, there are no celebrations being planned throughout the U.S. construction industry today.  And that's because today's report also indicates that the 13.1 percent national unemployment rate for construction workers is relatively unchanged from the month of October.  This should serve as a stern wake-up call for our nation's elected leaders to put partisan differences aside and work towards crafting innovative investment solutions to the current state of our nation's infrastructure - solutions that would, once again, acknowledge the critically pivotal role that infrastructure and the construction industry play in the health of the U.S. economy.  The time to act is now!

The Building and Construction Trades Department is an alliance of 13 national and international unions that collectively represent over 2 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada.

SOURCE Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO