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SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PLAN TO EXPAND HEADCOUNT IN 2017 AS CONTRACTORS EXPECT...

Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. Despite the general optimism outlined in Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, many firms report they remain worried about the availability of qualified workers and rising health and regulatory costs

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES IN NOVEMBER AS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SEGMENTS RISE FOR THE MONTH...

Construction spending hit a 10-year high in November with monthly and year-over-year gains in both public and private categories, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the November data indicates that the 2017 outlook for construction is favorable even as they cautioned that demand will vary for different types of construction projects

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DIPS IN DECEMBER BUT RISING HOURLY EARNINGS, CONTRACTOR OPTIMISM SUGGEST HIRING PAUSE...

Construction employment slipped by 3,000 jobs in December, while average hourly earnings accelerated, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that recent construction spending numbers and their own survey of members suggest demand for construction remains strong, suggesting that the lack of hiring may be due to a shortage of available workers.

FEWER METRO AREAS ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS DURING PAST YEAR AS GROUP URGES PRESIDENT-ELECT TO...

Construction employment increased in 211 metro areas between November 2015 and November 2016, the lowest number of metro areas to add jobs in four years, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that contractors in many parts of the country continue to struggle with worker shortages and urged the incoming Trump administration to include workforce measures with its new infrastructure program.

THIRTY-FOUR STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2015 & 2016 AMID GROWING DEMAND FOR...

Thirty-four states added construction jobs between November 2015 and November 2016 while construction employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia during the past month, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said even as firms in many starts are adding jobs amid growing residential and public sector construction investments, the number of states adding construction jobs for the year has declined compared to a year ago

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ADD 19,000 JOBS IN NOVEMBER AS SECTOR HITS EIGHT-YEAR HIGH IN EMPLOYMENT,...

Construction employers added 19,000 jobs in November, reaching the highest employment level since November 2008, but a drop in public sector investments in construction projects held down employment among heavy and civil engineering firms, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that recent construction spending numbers show a decline in most categories of infrastructure investment.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES IN OCTOBER AS RESIDENTIAL AND PUBLIC GAINS OFFSET DROP IN PRIVATE...

Construction spending was mixed in October as a rebound in residential and public categories outweighed a downturn in most private nonresidential segments, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted, however, that public investments in infrastructure remain down compared to last year while private-sector demand should remain robust amid continued economic growth.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT FALLS OR STAGNATES IN ONE-THIRD OF NATION’S METRO AREAS BETWEEN OCTOBER 2015...

Construction employment declined or was stagnant in one-third of metro areas between October 2015 and October 2016 amid diminishing public-sector investments in infrastructure and other civil works, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

ONLY 23 STATES & D.C. ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER AS DEMAND...

Only 23 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between September and October while construction employment increased in 35 states between October 2015 and October 2016, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining public-sector investments in infrastructure and other public projects were undermining construction employment growth in many parts of the country

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ADD 11,000 EMPLOYEES IN OCTOBER AS SECTOR’S EMPLOYMENT IS AT THE HIGHEST...

Construction employers added 11,000 jobs in October as employment in the sector is at the highest level since December 2008 despite declines in public sector investments in construction projects, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that average hourly earnings for construction workers increased by 3.2 percent compared to 12 months ago as firms continue to expand amid shortages of available qualified workers

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS VARY WIDELY BY METRO BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2015 & 2016 AS WORKER...

Construction employment conditions varied widely by metro area between September 2015 and September 2016 as contractors in many areas struggled to find qualified workers while others contending with shrinking public budgets for infrastructure, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new data shows the need to enact career and technical education reforms along with infrastructure funding

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING EDGES DOWN IN SEPTEMBER AND IS UP MODESTLY FOR THE FIRST NINE...

Construction spending remained in a yearlong holding pattern in September as declining public outlays offset strong growth in multifamily spending and several private nonresidential categories, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining investments in public infrastructure are undermining the sector’s recovery and urged Congress to act on pending water resources legislation and voters to support ballot measures designed to rebuild aging infrastructure

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES IN 35 STATES FROM SEPTEMBER 2015 TO 2016; ONLY 21 STATES...

Thirty-five states added construction jobs between September 2015 and September 2016 while construction employment increased in only 21 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said contractors still report difficulty filling construction jobs, and they urged Congress to complete action on a bill that would help more students gain the skills to qualify for good-paying careers in construction.

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ADD 23,000 EMPLOYEES IN SEPTEMBER AS SECTOR’S EMPLOYMENT HITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE...

Industry Officials Note the Sector’s Average Hourly Earnings Increased by 2.8 Percent for the Year as Most Firms Report Shortages of Qualified Workers, Number of Unemployed Workers Hits 16-Year Low for Month

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HOLDS STEADY IN AUGUST AND IS UP BY NEARLY 5 PERCENT FOR...

Construction spending held steady in August compared to July but is up nearly five percent for the first eight months of the year compared to same period in 2015, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new spending figures indicates that the industry's recovery may be at risk and said new investments in the nation's aging water systems and other infrastructure could help offset declining spending in certain types of private construction.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN THREE-FIFTHS OF NATION’S METRO AREAS BETWEEN AUGUST 2015 & 2016...

Construction employment increased in three-fifths of metro areas between August 2015 and August 2016—the smallest share in nearly three and a half years—as contractors in many areas report difficulty in finding qualified workers, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new data underscores the need to make it easier for school officials to set up programs that teach skills like construction.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES IN 36 STATES FROM AUGUST 2015 TO 2016; ONLY 24 STATES...

Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016 while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said demand for construction appears to be cooling in some markets but added that many firms report they would be expanding their headcount if they could find qualified workers to hire.

NEW “COMPOSITE” RETIREMENT PLAN CONCEPT WILL STRENGTHEN RETIRMENT BENEFITS FOR WORKERS BY MAKING MULTI-EMPLOYER...

New House Education and the Workforce Committee Composite Retirement Plan Concept Will Provoke Vital Debate on the Best Way to Protect Workers, Retirees and Employers. The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in response to the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s newly released composite retirement plan concept

HOUSE PASSAGE OF PERKINS ACT LEGISLATION BRINGS MEASURES TO ADDRESS CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE SHORTAGES ONE...

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in response to the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday evening

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DECLINES BY 6,000 IN AUGUST AS MOST CONTRACTORS ARE HAVING A HARD...

Industry Officials Caution that Worker Shortages Could Undermine Sector’s Recovery and Stall Broader Economic Growth without Measures to Recruit and Train New Generation of Craft Workers for the Industry

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING REMAINS STEADY IN JULY AND IS UP BY 5.6 PERCENT FOR THE...

Private-Sector Outlays Rise 1.0 Percent for the Month While Public Sector Investments in Infrastructure, Other Construction Fall 3.1 Percent as New Survey Finds Most Firms Having Hard Time Finding Craft Workers

NEW FEDERAL “FAIR PLAY” RULE WILL SUBJECT FIRMS TO UNFAIR AND ARBITRARY PUNISHMENT, SCARE...

Nation’s Top Construction Official Says New Rule Allows Federal Officials to Punish Firms at Will and Impose Arbitrary Consequences, Making it Hard for Many Firms to Continue Federal Work The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America issued the following statement today in response to the release of a final federal regulation that would allow unelected federal officials to blacklist firms who run afoul of vague guidelines

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES IN 39 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OVER LATEST 12...

Thirty-nine state added construction jobs between July 2015 and July 2016 while construction employment only increased in 23 states and the District of Columbia between June and July, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction employment likely declined in many states as firms have growing difficulty locating qualified workers to hire.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING DECLINES IN JUNE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH, BUT RESULTS FOR FIRST HALF...

Construction spending decreased in June for the third month in a row but most segments posted solid increases in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said spending appears to have leveled off after a strong early start to the year prompted by mild winter weather conditions in many parts of the country

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES IN 39 STATES BETWEEN JUNE 2015 AND 2016, BUT HALF OF...

Construction employment increased in 39 states between June 2015 and June 2016, although half the states shed construction jobs between May and June, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the flattening of monthly employment gains and losses indicates the urgency of beefing up programs to attract, train and retain construction workers.

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT STALLS IN JUNE BUT TOPS OVERALL RATE OF JOB GAINS SINCE JUNE...

Construction employment was unchanged from May to June, but an increase in hourly pay and longer workweeks, along with shrinking numbers of unemployed construction workers, suggest contractors would hire more workers if they were available, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the lack of available qualified workers for firms to hire appears to be holding back employment growth and urged Congress to pass legislation to reform and increase funding for career and technical education

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING SLIPS IN MAY BUT RISES FOR FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2016, WITH...

Outlook Appears Favorable, as Weather Anomalies May Have Distorted Monthly Results, but Contractors Fret About Finding Enough Qualified Workers; Association Officials Push Congress to Renew, Reform Perkins Act

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DECLINES OR STAGNATES IN OVER ONE-THIRD OF U.S. METRO AREAS BETWEEN MAY...

Anaheim-Santa Ana and Monroe, Mich. Top Growth List; Midland, Texas, and Bloomington, Ill. Have Largest Declines as Roads & Other Infrastructure Suffer From Neglect 60 Years after First Highway Bill

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ADD 1,000 JOBS IN APRIL AND 261,000 FOR THE YEAR AS CONSTRUCTION...

Despite Monthly Slowdown, Construction Hiring Outpaced Overall Jobs Market On a Year-Over-Year Basis, New AGC Career Center Will Help Firms Find Qualified Workers Amid Growing Labor Shortages

ADMINISTRATION’S REFUSAL TO ACCEPT CENTRAL STATES RETIREMENT FUNDS’ RESCUE PLAN WILL FORCE “DRACONIAN” CUTS...

Nation’s Top Construction Official Says Federal Officials Refusal to Let Plan Take Voluntary Steps to Keep the Funds Solvent Puts Political Considerations over the Need to Protect Retirees

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