Construction jobs are surging in this season. CNBC reports:
The number of private-sector jobs created in October rose more than expected, with construction jobs surging in the wake of destructive hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The ADP National Employment showed private-sector businesses added 235,000 jobs in the month. ADP was expected to show private employers added 200,000 jobs in October, up from 135,000 in September.
Goods-producing companies benefited strongly with 85,000 new jobs, 62,000 of which came from construction. Manufacturing also saw 22,000 positions added.
Overall, blue collar jobs comprise almost 1 in 3 of non-farm jobs in the United States, but the employment picture shows signs of decline. According to Dean Baker and Nick Buffie at CERP:
Many have a renewed interest in the shrinking of manufacturing and other traditional blue-collar jobs since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. White working class voters in several large Midwestern states that Democrats had previously carried voted for Trump by large margins. The Blue-Collar Jobs Tracker (BCJT), launched by CEPR, will track the progress of the Trump administration in bringing back these jobs both to the country as a whole and in the states that saw the biggest job loss in the last quarter century. For this analysis, the industries tracked are manufacturing, mining, and construction.
The National Trend in Blue-Collar Employment
In 1970, blue-collar jobs were 31.2 percent of total nonfarm employment. By 2016, their share had fallen to 13.6 percent of total employment. While blue-collar jobs have been declining as a share of total employment over this whole period, this was mostly due to the growth in total employment. The number of blue-collar jobs did not change much through most of this period. In 2000 there were 24.6 million blue-collar jobs, only slightly below the peak of 25.0 million in 1979. However the numbers plunged in the next decade due to the impact of the exploding trade deficit and the 2008-2009 recession. Blue-collar jobs fell to 17.8 million in 2010 and have since rebounded modestly to 19.6 million in the most recent data.
The trend in carpentry jobs is looking up by 22% over the next five years.
The American economy lives and dies according to supply and demand. Right now, there’s a high demand for semiskilled workers in the U.S., and not enough people to satisfy it. Millennials to the rescue!
According to statistics from the Department of Labor, projected growth for the carpentry trade alone is expected to be 24% through 2022, and will deliver an average wage of almost $90,000 per year. As you may have guessed, carpentry almost never requires a college education, and most of the skills can be learned on-site, apprenticeship-style.