The monthly hours figures from the Current Employment Statistics survey are also flashing the green light for construction. Average weekly hours for construction payroll employees shot up to 38.5 in September and then edged back to 38.0 in October. The chart below shows how these readings were close to record highs over the past seven years. Changes in weekly hours are often considered a leading indicator. As the average workweek increases, employers can work their existing crews only a certain amount more before needing to hire new workers to keep up with demand. The upward movement in hours for Oregon construction workers is a positive sign, suggesting employment gains to come.