Wisconsin experiencing record low construction unemployment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Associated Builders & Contractors is reporting Wisconsin's construction unemployment for May is the lowest on record for the month. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rate for May was 3.3 percent, down from 3.6 percent in April. This is a 1.7 percent drop from May 2016, which ranks fifth among all states.

“Wisconsin is really showing market strength, not only in comparison with other states, but also relative to historical performance," said John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin. "The state's economy appears to be responding positively to pro-worker measures by the Walker Administration and the State Legislature," Mielke said.

Construction unemployment improved in 24 states, according to BLS numbers. The 3.3 percent rate is tenth lowest in the nation and breaks a 17-year record of 3.5 percent in May 2000. In that span, construction unemployment was as high as 17.7 percent for the month in May 2010. 

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members promoting open competition and free enterprise. With more than 875 member companies, ABC of Wisconsin is the largest of 70 chapters helping members deliver construction safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.