Construction industry jobs surged by 48,000 in January — the largest jump in almost seven years.
The figures come from an Associated General Contractors of America analysis of federal data.
That brings the industry’s employment to its highest point since 2009, officials said.
"Despite a second month of unusually severe weather in much of the nation, contractors more than offset the job losses that occurred in December,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “All segments of the industry added workers for the month, and the sector has increased employment at nearly double the all-industry rate in the past 12 months.”
If the trend continues, some companies could have problems finding qualified workers, the AGC added.