Construction payrolls, although rising, have not reached pre-recession levels, causing gaps.

National:

Top: 8.0 million, August 2006.

Bottom: 5.0 million, January, 2011.

Now: 6.7 million.

Camden, Gloucester, Burlington Counties:

Top: 26,500, August 2007.

Bottom: 17,200, February 2011.

Now: 23,200.

Montgomery, Bucks, Chester Counties:

Top: 60,000, July 2006.

Bottom: 39,700, February 2010.

Now: 55,000.

Philadelphia, Delaware Counties:

Top: 25,400, May 2006.

Bottom: 18,000, February 2011.

Now: 22,400.

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, not seasonally adjusted.EndText