You won’t find Scott Norvell, president and CEO of Master Builders of Iowa, among those saying the economy has made a full comeback from the recession. Not yet anyway.

One measure is that construction employment is “inching” and not bounding its way back to normal levels, he said.

Through August, the state had picked up 3,700 construction jobs since August of 2012. By contrast, Greater Des Moines lost 300 jobs during the period. Norvell pointed out that the employment numbers always are lagging and should show a marked improvement later in the year to reflect increased hiring as contractors rush to complete jobs before the onset of winter.

“Where you really look for recovery is in the smaller to medium size projects,” he said. “We really haven’t seen a great increase there.”