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Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2011 Annual Summary

Construction Industry Group

Businesses within the Construction industry group erect buildings and other structures, and perform alterations, installation, maintenance and repairs.

South Dakota Covered Workers and Pay
Construction Industry Group
Industry Group, Industry and Subsector
Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Construction 3,885 20,129 $38,999
  Construction 3,885 20,129 $38,999
    Construction of Buildings 1,260 5,127 $36,208
    Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 405 3,418 $48,762
    Specialty Trade Contractors 2,220 11,584 $37,353
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Data subject to revision.
Produced by the Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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NAICS Sector 23

The Construction industry is comprised of three subsectors: Construction of Buildings (NAICS 236); Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (NAICS 237); and Specialty Trade Construction (NAICS 238).

The work performed within the Construction of Buildings subsector may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. The Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction subsector is comprised of establishments whose primary activity is the construction of entire engineering projects (e.g., highways and dams), and specialty trade contractors, whose primary activity is the production of a specific component for such projects. Specialty trade contractors provide such construction services as pouring concrete, preparing work sites, plumbing, painting and electrical work involved in construction, but are not responsible for the entire project. The work performed may include new work, additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs.

Recovery from the 2009 recession became more evident in 2011. Worker losses in 2009 totaled 1,413 and were less than half that in 2010 at 713. Only two workers were added in 2011, for a total of 20,129. Sixteen establishments were lost in the Construction sector in 2011. Establishments in Construction of Buildings and Specialty Trades lost 14 and 13 establishments, respectively, while Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction gained 11 establishments.

Annual pay for workers in the Construction industry increased by $814 (2.1 percent) in 2011, bringing the annual average total to $38,999. Annual pay increased in both Building Construction and Specialty Construction but declined in Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction.

Two of the three subsectors showed decreased worker levels in 2011. Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (NAICS 237) lost 107 (3.0 percent) workers from 2010 to 2011, for a total of 3,418 workers.

Construction of Buildings (NAICS 236) lost 33 (0.6 percent) workers during the year, for a total of 5,127 workers.

Specialty Trade Construction (NAICS 238) was the only subsector to achieve worker gains in 2011, gaining 142 workers (1.2 percent) in 2011 for a total of 11,584. Specialty trade construction is by far the largest subsector in the construction industry, with totals exceeding the other two subsectors combined.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Construction in 2010 and 2011

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
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