By Lital Shair Nada, market research associate, ARTBA

Highway and bridge contractors added 17,900 workers to their payroll in March 2017 compared to March 2016, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Though this is the highest level of March employment since 2007, jobs in this sector have remained at relatively low levels for the past seven years. March 2017 highway and bridge contractor employment is up 6.7 percent from March 2016, but is still down 3.2 percent from 2007 pre-recession levels.

General construction employment follows a similar trend. Employment in this sector also increased year over year; in March and April, construction employment rose 2.5 percent compared to March and April 2016. However, construction employment in March and April is still down significantly from 2007 pre-recession levels.

View the full ARTBA Labor Report.