Specialty trade contractor jobs up in February

Nonresidential specialty trade contractor jobs had strong growth in February, according to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by The USGlass News Network. 

Nonresidential specialty trade contractor categories added 21,500 jobs during the month, bringing the total number of over-the-year jobs to 76,300, the source reported. Over the year, this marks a job growth of 3.2 percent. 

Construction starts also increased, with USGNN citing a Dodge Data & Analytics report finding them increasing 2 percent from January. 

Construction employment as a whole expanded by 0.9 percent in February to mark 3.3 percent over-the-year growth, USGNN reported. 

Some cities across the nation are feeling the effects of the employment gains, such as Buffalo. The New York Labor Department revised its initial figures for 2016 and found that the state had its best year for job growth since 1999, The Buffalo News reported.

The source attributed much of the growth to a "building boom" in the area that led construction employment to reach its highest level in 25 years. The city has also seen an influx of tourists, which contributed to increased hotel construction.  

Nonresidential specialty trade contractor jobs had strong growth in February.