Construction Employment

Construction Employment Increased in 40 States and D.C. from a Year Ago and in 30 States and D.C. from April to May as Sector Slowly Rebuilds

June 20, 2014

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 30 states and D.C. between April and May, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data.  

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RECENT STORIES

2014
JUL
30

Construction employment expanded in 215 metro areas, declined in 80 and was stagnant in 44 between June 2013 and June 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by AGC of America.  Association officials noted that uncertainty about a range of federal infrastructure and construction programs could weigh on future growth for the sector.

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2014
JUL
29

AGC of America has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) asking the agency to clarify its proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658 (EO), which establishes a minimum wage  of $10.10 per hour for direct federal contractors and subcontractors.  The new minimum wage impacts covered contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2015.  Federally assisted contractors are not affected.  The order also mandates that the Secretary of Labor determine a new minimum wage for federal contractors in 2016, and each year thereafter, based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage and clerical workers.

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2014
JUL
25

This week, AGC joined 171 employers and employer associations in a letter supporting the Auto Enroll Repeal Act (S. 2546). This bill was introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and would repeal the automatic enrollment provision under the Affordable Care Act (section 1511).  

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2014
JUL
25

On Tuesday, the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The bill easily passed both the House and Senate in recent weeks. The legislation will reform the workforce development system, giving states greater flexibility and strengthening employer engagement. To read more about the law, click here.

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2014
JUL
25

Resolution Must Come Before the August Recess

On Wednesday, Senate leaders reached agreement on how to proceed with consideration of the short-term highway and transit extension bill, which passed the House last week.  The agreement reached by Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would allow for the consideration of four amendments each requiring 60 votes to pass.  If the amendments do not receive the required 60 votes, the Senate would then vote on clearing the House-passed measure as-is, which would provide an $11 billion transfer to the Highway Trust Fund and an extension of the current transportation authorization (MAP-21) – through May 31, 2015.

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2014
JUL
24

On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order (EO) prohibiting federal and federally assisted contractors and their subcontractors from engaging in employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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2014
JUL
24

GA-Senate

Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue came from behind to defeat Rep. Jack Kingston in the U.S. Senate Republican run-off to score what most believe was an upset win for the GOP nomination.  He now faces Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, who won her own primary back in May.  With just over 480,000 people voting in the run-off contest, Perdue captured 51 percent of the vote.

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2014
JUL
21

AGC of America would like to recognize those individuals who have recently passed their exam that earns them the professional accreditation, the Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM). Since its inception in 2012, over 425 individuals have earned the Certificate of Management—Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM).

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