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ARRA - Stimulus Projects - Actual Jobs

What actual, measured state and local Recovery Act project employment data is available?

Employment data is collected for all active projects and reported to FHWA on a monthly basis since March 2009. The table summarizes the most recent employment data reported to FHWA. 

Total Employment for State and Local Recovery Act Highway Projects**

View this employment data on a chart.

December
2013
January
2014
February
2014
Total

Total Hours

4,484

3,306

2,766

5,807,396

Total Payroll ($)

$185,897

$129,252

$116,031

$231,698,326

Full Time Equivalents (FTE)

26

 

19

 

16

*

Individuals paid in part or full with ARRA Funds

 129

 

74

85

*

* Please see “Full Time Equivalents” and “Individuals paid in part or full with ARRA Funds” definition below for a detailed explanation.
** Most recent 3 months, for all data see full table (pdf 9 kb). Data has been updated to capture late reports.

Definitions

  • Individuals paid in part or full with ARRA Funds - This number represents the total number of direct on project employees for all state and local Recovery Act projects. Due to the nature of construction work and employment, this number may reflect some double counting and is not to be used as a “head count” of “unique” or individual employees. For example, one employee may work on multiple Recovery Act projects and is counted for each of these projects as an employee. These numbers, reported monthly, are a snapshot in time and can’t be added over multiple months.
  • Total Hours - This number represents the total hours worked by direct on project employees for all state and local Recovery Act projects. All hours worked by workers employed by contractors, subcontractors, and state and local governments are included.
  • Total Payroll - This number represents the total payroll, in dollars, paid out to direct on project employees for all state and local Recovery Act projects. This includes all payroll dollars going to workers employed by contractors, subcontractors, and state and local governments.
  • Full Time Equivalents - This number represents the number of full time equivalents (FTE) employed by state and local Recovery Act projects. WSDOT calculated these numbers based on a standard 2,080 hour work year which is equivalent to 173 hours each month. The number of FTE is computed by dividing the total hours worked each month by 173. For example, in February, the reported 2,766 hours worked was divided by 173, the standard number of hours worked for a full time employee in a month, to get 16 FTE. It is important to note that FTE are not people— 16 FTE could be 16 full time employees or 10 full time employees and 12 half time employees, or any other equivalent combination of full and part time workers.

Why use four indicators associated with measured employment data?
WSDOT has chosen to report all the measures in the table above to display a complete picture of the impact our state and local Recovery Act projects are having on the labor market and economic recovery in the state of Washington. Additionally, because none of these numbers is a true “head count” of “unique” project employees, it is useful to view them as a whole.

What employment data does WSDOT collect?
USDOT, thru the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), requires WSDOT to collect project specific employment data from primary contractors for both their own workforce and their subcontractors’ workforce on Recovery Act projects. The following project specific employment information is required:

  • Employees: The number of direct on project employees on the contractor and subcontractors workforce for the month. (Does not include indirect employees.)
  • Hours: The total number hours worked by direct on project employees on the contractor and subcontractors workforce.
  • Payroll: The total dollar amount of wages paid by contractors and subcontractors to their direct on project employees. (Does not include overhead or indirect costs.)

How is the employment data WSDOT collects reported to FHWA?
WSDOT is required to submit monthly employment data to FHWA that includes data collected from contractors for each state and local Recovery Act project as well as employment data for state and local government employees working on Recovery Act projects. This report is submitted to FHWA by the 20th of each month, and summarizes the preceding month’s employment information. Copies of employment reports can be accessed on WSDOT’s Federal Reporting Accountability page.

How is employment data reported to OMB?
On December 18, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued additional guidance (pdf 190 Kb) that changed the requirements for how WSDOT would report jobs for quarterly data published on www.recovery.gov (1512 Reporting). These quarterly reporting requirements ended February 2014.

This method of calculating FTE (job-months) is consistent with the methodology used by FHWA and USDOT, for more information: http://www.dot.gov/policy-initiatives/recovery/arra-1201c-job-reporting-methodologies.

Last revised on April 03, 2014