Construction Employment

Construction Industry Adds 22,000 Jobs in July as Sector’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.5 Percent

August 01, 2014

New government data today show the uneven nature of the construction industry’s recovery, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June, according to an analysis by AGC of America.

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee is recommending that all federal agencies move towards net-zero energy at their facilities, including the retrofit of existing facilities and targets for new construction.  Specific recommendations were called out for GSA; its Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings has been exploring whether to make net-zero energy commitments at its facilities, as previously reported by AGC.

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Accepting Pledges Now Through November 10!

AGC has renewed its commitment to holding an annual Hard Hat Recycling Challenge as part of America Recycles Day this November 15th.   Will you accept the challenge?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating whether or not to add ammonium nitrate to the list substances regulated under its Risk Management Plan (RMP).  EPA’s announcement comes as a request for information, which often signals a federal agency’s intent to pursue notice-and-comment rulemaking.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published notice that it would not be revising its regulations on backup generators in response to three petitions for reconsideration it had received after it promulgated its final rule in January 2013. The NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) rule had sparked controversy, because EPA allowed backup generators to operate for up to 100 hours a year, though EPA did require use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel beginning in January 2015.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is about to release revisions to its disadvantaged business enterprise utilization (DBE) rules. The new rules were first proposed in September 2012 and, while considered by DOT to be “minor” adjustments, they will have a significant impact on the highway construction industry.

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The AGC supported Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition is a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s transportation system. As lawmakers head back to their districts before the midterm elections, ATM launched a regionally focused, multi-platform ad campaign urging Congress to develop a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund insolvency.

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You can help focus AGC’s green building efforts to better meet your needs.

AGC’s Director of Green Construction is inviting green building professionals who work at member firms to participate on a “brainstorming” conference call on October 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM Eastern Time about AGC’s green building resources.

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2014
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Workers who use paint strippers containing methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), are at risk for cancer and other health problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in an assessment released on Aug. 28.  EPA estimates that over 230,000 workers nationwide are directly exposed to DCM-based strippers. The findings of EPA’s final risk assessment could move the agency to regulate DCM. 

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