The U.S. construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April, according to the May 8 Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary estimate, and nonresidential construction employment increased by 12,400 jobs in April.

Associated Builders and Contractors recently took a closer look at the numbers. According to a report:

“While the broader jobs report proved better than expected, April was the best month for construction employment since January 2014,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Though it may have been expected to see solid job creation performance reflected in today’s report, it is still a relief to obtain a nice piece of data. Economic data regarding retail sales, industrial production, and other elements of economic life have largely been disappointing to date and the March jobs report fell in line with that series of uninspired results. Data regarding unemployment claims strongly suggested that employers viewed the recent bout of economic weakness as temporary. The lack of new lay-off activity indicates an ongoing demand for labor and April’s reasonably strong employment gains suggest that many employers continue to search for additional staffing.

Read More and check out this Washington Post article for another perspective.