If it weren't for much-needed infrastructure improvements, the U.S. construction market would be taking an even greater hit this year, reports consulting firm FMI. The industry lost 64,000 jobs in February, the 31st consecutive month of job losses, bringing the sector's unemployment rate to 27%. But the nonbuilding construction sector, which includes public works, should grow 4% over the 4% increase it logged last year — thanks to stimulus-funded projects. Residential construction is expected to begin a slight recovery this year.