Construction's unemployment rate posted its second-consecutive monthly decline, as the industry added 14,000 jobs in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

BLS's latest monthly employment report, released on May 5, showed that construction's April jobless rate improved to 21.8%, from March's 24.9%. But it remained higher than the April 2009 level of 18.7%.

Construction's unemployment rate hit a 10-year peak in February, reaching 27.1%.

The industry's rates are not adjusted for seasonal variations, and thus tend to improve as the volume of work rises in the spring and summer and hit bottom in the winter lull.

Over all, the economy gained 290,000 jobs in April, but the national jobless rate rose to 9.9%, from 9.7% in March, as the number of job-seekers, and thus the total labor force, increased.

Construction Unemployment Rate
Month Rate in % (percent)
April 21.8%
March 24.9%
February 27.1%
January 24.7%
December 22.7%
November 19.4%
October 18.7%
Spetember 17.1%
August 16.5
July 18.2
June 17.4
May 19.2
April 18.7
March 21.1
February 21.4
January 18.2
Note: Rates are not seasonally adjusted.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics