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Located in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. Operating in partnership with its nationwide network of Chapters, AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.

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SEVENTY-PERCENT OF CONTRACTORS HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING QUALIFIED CRAFT WORKERS TO HIRE AMID...

Seventy percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they operate, recruit and compensate, but cautioned that chronic labor shortages could have significant economic impacts absent greater investments in career and technical education
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Officials to Release New Data Showing the Severity of Construction Worker Shortages Nationwide and...

On Tuesday, August 29 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will release new data showing the severity of construction worker shortages nationwide and by region and state* during a media conference call at 1-888-585-9008 (passcode/room number 351-734-823).
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING DECREASES FROM MAY TO JUNE AS PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION...

Construction spending in June declined from May but increased from a year ago as public investment shrank for nearly every type of structure, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that the significant declines in public-sector construction spending come at a time when much of the nation’s public infrastructure is deteriorating due to age or overuse.
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT CLIMBS IN 41 STATES BETWEEN JUNE 2016 AND JUNE 2017 WHILE 25...

California, Rhode Island Add Most Jobs for the Year; Missouri and District of Columbia Have Largest Drops; California, New Jersey Top Monthly List; Georgia and Wisconsin Have Biggest Decreases for the Month
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CONSTRUCTION SECTOR ADDS 16,000 JOBS IN JUNE FOLLOWING THREE-MONTH LULL AS INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE...

Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, signaling a new burst of hiring after three months of pause, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged federal, state and local lawmakers to enact measures to make it easier for school officials, local associations and construction firms to set up construction training programs.
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HOLDS STEADY FROM APRIL TO MAY AS REPORTED DELAYS CAUSED BY SHORTAGE...

Construction spending in May was unchanged from April but increased from a year ago amid growing reports that contractors are struggling to find enough skilled workers to keep projects on schedule, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said a mixture of worker shortages and political gridlock appears to be holding back construction sector growth.
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FORTY-TWO STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN MAY 2016 & 2017 BUT 25 STATES AND...

Forty-two states added construction jobs between May 2016 and May 2017 amid growing demand for construction services, while 25 states and the District of Columbia lost construction jobs between April and May as firms struggle to find enough workers, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said workforce shortages appear to be impacting construction employment in parts of the country.
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES BY 11,000 IN MAY TO EIGHT-YEAR HIGH BUT LABOR SHORTAGES LIKELY...

Contractors Struggle to Fill Jobs as Weekly Hours Reach Highest May Level Since Series Began in 2006; Association Officials Urge Greater Public-Sector Support for Career and Technical Education Programs
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES BY 11,000 IN MAY TO EIGHT-YEAR HIGH BUT LABOR SHORTAGES LIKELY...

Construction employment increased by 11,000 jobs in May to the highest level since October 2008 and average weekly hours set a series high for May as contractors struggled to find enough workers to meet demand for projects, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers and other public officials to address the growing shortage of available qualified workers by funding and re-invigorating career and technical education programs
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 217 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS BETWEEN APRIL 2016 AND...

Construction employment increased in 217 out of 358 metro areas between April 2016 and April 2017, declined in 89 and stagnated in 52, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 217 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS BETWEEN APRIL 2017 AND...

Construction employment increased in 217 out of 358 metro areas between April 2016 and April 2017, declined in 89 and stagnated in 52, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction firms in many parts of the country continue to expand headcount amid strong private-sector demand for their services.
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CONSTRUCTION GROUP LAUNCHES NEW HIGHWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY EFFORT AS 44 PERCENT OF ROAD...

Forty-four percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. As a result, association officials launched a new national advertising and outreach campaign to urge motorists to stay alert and slow down while driving through highway work zones
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THIRTY-NINE STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN APRIL 2016 & 2017 BUT 27 STATES LOST...

Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between April 2016 and April 2017 amid growing demand for construction services, yet more than half the states lost construction jobs between March and April amid tight labor market conditions, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES BY 5,000 IN APRIL TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN NINE YEARS; BUT...

Association Officials Note that Many Firms Report They Are Struggling to Find Qualified Workers to Hire, Urge Greater Investment in Career and Technical Education and Other Construction Prep Programs
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HITS RECORD LEVELS FOR SECOND MONTH IN A ROW, IS UP BY...

Construction spending is at record levels for the second straight month in March and is up 4.9 percent for the first three months of year compared to the same period in 2016, despite dipping slightly compared to February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said many firms are eager to see details of the President’s pending infrastructure plan, which should boost construction demand
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 224 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS BETWEEN MARCH 2016 AND...

Construction employment increased in 224 out of 358 metro areas between March 2016 and March 2017, declined in 92 and stagnated in 42, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that a recent proposal by the Trump administration to reform the tax code for businesses, including pass-through entities, should help boost demand for new construction and make it easier for firms to expand payrolls in the future

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 39 STATES OVER PAST 12 MONTHS; 17 STATES ADD JOBS...

California and Oregon Add Most Jobs for the Year; Illinois and Mississippi Have Largest Declines; New Mexico and California Top Monthly List; Alaska and Illinois Have Biggest Month-to-Month Drops
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES BY 6,000 IN MARCH TO HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2008; SMALL JOB...

Construction employment increased by 6,000 jobs in March as a February hiring surge prompted by mild winter weather in much of the country prompted firms to hire fewer people last month, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining public-sector investments in construction and infrastructure could impact future construction hiring unless the administration and Congress enact a new funding measure
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CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION UNVEILS STEPS TO IMPROVE WORKER SAFETY AS 239 OUT OF 358 METRO...

The Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a new study designed to improve the safety of construction workers as it announced that two-thirds of metro areas added construction jobs during the past 12 months. Association officials said the new safety study is designed to help construction firms prevent workplace fatalities and injuries.
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES IN FEBRUARY AS PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND PUBLIC-SECTOR INVESTMENTS OFFSET MODEST PRIVATE...

Construction Association Officials Urge Congress and the Trump Administration to Reform Tax Code and Boost Infrastructure Investments to Stimulate Broader Economic Growth and Boost Demand for Construction
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 43 STATES IN LAST 12 MONTHS; FIVE STATES HIT RECORD...

Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017 while 39 states added construction jobs between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels
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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT SHOWS MIXED GEOGRAPHIC PATTERN IN JANUARY WITH INCREASES IN 219 OUT OF...

Construction employment showed a mixed pattern geographically in the latest 12 months, increasing in 219 out of 358 metro areas between January 2016 and January 2017, declining in 104 and stagnating in 35, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that firms in many parts of the country are either benefitting from growing demand for construction or having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to keep up with demand, while firms in other parts suffer from declining demand
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THIRTY-NINE STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN JANUARY 2016 & 2017 WHILE THIRTY-EIGHT STATES AND...

Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between January 2016 and January 2017 while 38 states and D.C. added construction jobs between December and January, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said that many firms report they are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to hire as they work to keep pace with growing demand.
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING SLIPS IN JANUARY AS PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE “TUMBLED” WHILE PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION...

Construction spending slipped from December to January but increased modestly from a year ago, as private construction grew solidly but public infrastructure outlays tumbled, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the January data indicates the need for new public investments in infrastructure along the lines of the trillion dollar proposal President Trump outlined during his Congressional address last night.
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ACOSTA HIGHLY QUALIFIED TO SERVE AS LABOR SECRETARY, CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL SAYS

Associated General Contractors of America to Push for Swift Confirmation So He Can Focus on Rolling Back Needless Regulatory Burdens. The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS GETTING SQUEEZED BY INCREASING MATERIALS & LABOR COSTS AND SLOWER INCREASES IN...

Construction Officials Caution That Cost of Infrastructure, Other Construction Projects Will Increase if New “Buy America” Provisions, Punitive Tariffs or Limitations on Canadian Lumber Are Put in Place

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DECLINES IN 110 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS AS BUSINESSES URGE PRESIDENT...

Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas between December 2015 and December 2016, was stagnant in another 65 and increased in 183, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the disappointing new jobs data coincides with data showing a drop in most infrastructure spending in 2016 and comes out as a broad coalition of business

THIRTY-TWO STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN 2016 AS DEARTH OF WORKERS WITH EXPERIENCE KEEPS...

Thirty-two states added construction jobs in 2016 as a dearth of experienced workers kept contractors in many states from hiring as many employees as they would have preferred, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today and the association’s own survey. Association officials said the new Trump administration could help by including workforce development measures as part of its promised new infrastructure program.

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

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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 9.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 8, 2017. This week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.

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Housing Production Holds Steady in August

Nationwide housing starts fell 0.8 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.18 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production rose 1.6 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 851,000 after a downwardly revised July reading. Year-to-date, single-family starts are 8.9 percent above their level over the same period last year.