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Construction jobs soar by 52,000 in January, but engineering employment suffers

from Engineering News-Record

The first monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics employment snaphot of the new year, released on Feb. 1, shows that construction's January unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent from December's 5.1 percent. But January's rate was an improvement from the year-earlier level of 7.3 percent. Heavy and civil engineering construction, a sign of infrastructure market trends, posted an increase of 10,200. Architectural and engineering services, which BLS categorizes separately from construction, lost 1,000 jobs in January. more

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