Construction Employment

Construction Employment Increased in 39 States During the Past Year, 34 States and D.C. Add Jobs Between August and September

October 21, 2014

Construction firms added jobs in 39 states between September 2013 and September 2014 while construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America. 

Read more...

RECENT STORIES

2014
DEC
19

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will not regulate coal combustion waste, including fly ash, as a hazardous substance and by doing so will preserve the future beneficial use of this product in concrete and most other construction applications. AGC has been actively involved in working to convince EPA that a hazardous designation was unnecessary and would have an extremely detrimental impact on the future use of fly ash and raise liability concerns about its previous use.

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

The Federal Highway Administration this week finalized an agreement with Texas to allow TX-DOT to assume responsibilities for environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to ensure that highway projects in the state comply with environmental law. As part of the project delivery reforms contained in both the SAFETEA-LU transportation authorization legislation, and MAP-21, states are allowed to take on the environmental review responsibilities of the US DOT.

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

Four House members from two committees most critical to the highway reauthorization are asking their colleagues to sign onto a letter to House leadership that expresses strong bipartisan commitment for addressing transportation needs by providing a long-term funding solution.  It is a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter that is now being circulated by Reps. Ribble (9R-Wisc.), Lipinski (D-Ill.), Reed (R-N.Y.) and Pascrell (D-N.J.) calling for an end to short-term extensions and a revenue source to support a long-term bill. The letter has been sent to all Republican and Democrat House offices requesting their support.  The letter will be sent to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi sometime next spring, demonstrating strong bipartisan support for this legislation. 

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

On Dec. 16, the Senate approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014” by a 76-16 vote. The $41.6 billion retroactive package of tax extenders, endorsed by the House on Dec. 3, now heads to the president’s desk for signature. The tax extenders legislation restored approximately 55 expired tax provisions for fiscal year 2014, including the following AGC-supported tax policies:

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

On Tuesday, the president signed into law the $1.1 trillion spending bill, which eventually passed both the U.S. House and Senate after a tumultuous week filled with partisan politics on unrelated provisions. This nine-month bill funds federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security – which is only funded through Feb. 27. The new law includes a series of association-backed multi-employer pension reforms, all designed to allow employers and employees the opportunity to protect and improve retirement programs.

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

Construction firms added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia between November 2013 and November 2014 while construction employment increased in 26 states and D.C. between October and November, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America. Association officials noted that the list of states gaining jobs has varied significantly from month to month as the market remains extremely variable.

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

Last month, AGC Building Division leaders provided their expertise and insights at the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Fall Owners Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read more...

2014
DEC
19

For contractors, the challenges that emerge due to the uncertainty and imperfection inherent in a complex construction project become evident during the construction phase. More than any other stakeholder, contractors need to be able to effectively manage uncertainty.

Read more...