In December, construction employment increased by 14,000 jobs, bringing the total number of construction jobs to 6.8 million, which breaks the record set in March 2001. December was the 10th straight month to see an increase in construction employment.

Since February, the industry has added 173,000 jobs, while the rest of the economy shed 285,000 jobs. All three of The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ construction segments enjoyed increases in 2003 with building construction adding 17,000 jobs, heavy and civil engineering adding 4,000 jobs, and specialty trade contractors adding 5,000 jobs.