QUARTERLY Construction employment increased 9.2% over the previous quarter adding 13,703, the largest quarterly increase since the publication was first printed in 1989. Special Trade (17) reported the largest gain up 8970 employees. Within Special Trade the subsector, Concrete Work, reported the largest gain up 2166 employees. The Misc Special Trade subsector, up 1500 employees, had the second largest increase. Excavation work and foundation digging constituted almost one third of the employment increase here. Masonry, Stonework, Tile Setting & Plastering, which includes bricklaying, drywall and insulation work, was the third largest growing subsector adding 1389 employees. Heavy Construction (16) grew by 3278 employees. Highway & Street Construction seasonally jumped by 1446 employees. Four large industrial projects along with seasonal increases pushed employment in Heavy Construction Except Highway & Street up by 1833. Employment in General Building (15) up 1455, was down slightly from the increases witnessed in previous years. Residential Building up 929 was down from the 1233 gain a year ago. Nonresidential Construction rose by 495 down from 631 a year ago. ANNUAL Construction employment at 163,096 reached its highest peak since the beginning of this publication in 1992. Annually, employment rose by 16,209 for a growth rate of 11.0%. The strongest sector gain occurred in Special Trade (17) up 12,525 employees. Three subsectors added more than 2000 employees: Masonry, Stonework, Tile Setting & Plastering up 2865: Electrical Work up 2807: and Plumbing, Heating & Air-Conditioning up 2019. Growth in Masonry, Stonework, Tile Setting & Plastering was powered by work involving contractors engaged in Plastering, Drywall, Acoustical & Insulation Work. General Building (15) added 2083 employees. More than half of its growth resulted from gains in Residential Building up 1514 employees. Nonresidential Building increased by 322 employees. Employment in Heavy Construction (16) rose by 1600. The lionís share of growth occurred in Heavy Construction Except Highway & Street Construction up 1390. Within this category, the classification Water, Sewer, Pipeline & Communications & Power Line Construction expanded by 1134. Highway & Street Construction added 210 employees.
Colorado Employment and Wages (ES202) Second Quarter 2000