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October 2006

Two new construction employment series for specialty trade contractors

Christopher D. Manning, John P. Mullins

The Current Employment Statistics program began producing and publishing employment series for residential specialty trade contractors and nonresidential specialty trade contractors in 2005. This article shows that, by using sound statistical methods, reliable estimates of residential and nonresidential construction employment can be produced, yielding analytical benefits. In particular, the breakout of residential and nonresidential construction allows analysis to determine which type of business drives employment in specialty trade contractors, the dominant sector in the construction industry. This article explains the methodology behind the research and the results that led to the new construction employment series.

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