Economic Indicators

This list of monthly and quarterly economic indicators pertinent to the architecture industry can be used to help you make better business decisions and plan for the future by comparing economic trends within the industry. All indicators are updated monthly except for revenue and GDP, which are updated quarterly.

The economic indicators are updated on the first Friday of each month. They were last updated August 11, 2017.

National employment (nonfarm payroll)

Employment for July  2017 was reported at 146,615,000 employees. This is a 0.1 percent increase  from 146,406,000 reported in June. This is a 1.5 percent increase from 144,457,000  reported in July 2016. The unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent. Job  growth occurred in food  services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health  care.    

Architectural services employment

Employment for the architectural services industry was reported at 190,700 employees for June 2017, a 1.2 percent increase from 188,400 employees reported in May. June’s employment shows a 5.3 percent increase from June 2016’s employment of 181,100 employees.

Construction employment

Employment for the construction industry was reported at 6,899,000 employees for July 2017, a 0.1 percent increase from 6,893,000 employees reported in June 2017. July’s employment shows a 2.8 percent increase from July 2016’s employment of 6,708,000 employees.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Construction employment (national, seasonally adjusted); Architectural services employment (national, seasonally adjusted); National employment (nonfarm payroll); PPI: New nonresidential building construction (not seasonally adjusted); PPI: New School building construction (not seasonally adjusted); PPI: New office building construction (not seasonally adjusted); PPI: New health care building construction (not seasonally adjusted); PPI: Architectural services; PPI: Residential building projects; PPI: Nonresidential building projects.

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