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. 

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RECENT STORIES

2014
OCT
30

Agency Seeks Input on Improvements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated ChemView, an online tool to find information about nearly 10,000 chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). AGC members have reported that it is sometimes difficult to find useful information on chemicals used in construction – this new resource may assist contractors in evaluating chemicals and their potential hazards, as well as making more informed choices about the products they use on the job site. In addition, there are numerous green building rating systems that now “give points” for avoiding the use of certain chemicals.

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2014
OCT
30

Registration is now open for an AGC Federal Stormwater Update webinar on Dec. 15, 2014, from 2:00pm-3:30pm.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets construction site stormwater requirements for the entire country.  Hear straight from agency staff what contractors need to do to stay in compliance and what you can expect down the road.  Get the latest on the rules, tools, and technologies headed to your state.  We will also discuss what industry experts are seeing “in-the-field” as well as the dos and don’ts to meeting stormwater permit requirements. Click here to register now.

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2014
OCT
30

Each year, AGC seeks nominations for qualified and motivated individuals from the AGC Environmental Forum to serve on the steering committee for the forum. Would you like to play a leadership role in AGC of America’s environmental advocacy, education and outreach efforts?

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2014
OCT
30

Early Registration Deadline Approaching

No one knows the future, but gaining a comprehensive view of where you are, where you are going and where you need to be can only strengthen the educated decisions construction professionals have to make everyday. Tuesday, Nov. 4 is the early registration deadline for the 2015 AGC Annual Convention, March 18-20 in San Juan, PR. Save $150.00 off standard registration rates, register today!

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2014
OCT
29

Get Started At Least 90 Days Before Your Current Approval Expires!

It is time to start thinking about renewing your U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) program certifications. Any construction firm – or you/your employees – are subject to this rule if you perform work for compensation that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities or schools (with kids six years or younger) built before 1978.  Remember that renovation firm and renovator certifications both expire every five years. EPA is encouraging contractors to show that they are an “EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm” by displaying the agency’s new logo.  Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA may file an enforcement action against violators of the LRRP rule seeking penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day.

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2014
OCT
29

Construction employment expanded in 236 metro areas, declined in 53 and was stagnant in 50 between September 2013 and September 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by AGC of America. Association officials said that as firms expand their payrolls, many are finding a limited supply of available qualified workers.

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2014
OCT
24

Several National newspapers over the past few weeks have noted the recent decline in gasoline prices and suggested that now is the time to raise the federal gasoline tax to address transportation infrastructure needs. On October 19 USA Today join the chorus and said raise the gas tax now while its painless and will not be noticed by commuters. The paper pointed out that since the gas tax was last increased in 1993, it has lost half its purchasing value.  Bloomberg  and the Washington Post also chimed in endorsing the increase. The Post said that Congress should take this action during the lame duck session following a the Midterm elections on November 4 and not wait until the current patch runs out in May. Several US Senators including Boxer (D-Cal), Corker (R-Tenn) and Carper (D-Del) have been making public statements calling for Congress to provide the revenue to address a long term transportation reauthorization in the lame duck.

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2014
OCT
24

AGC was invited to participate in a stakeholders meeting this week called by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to look into questions about the effectiveness of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The meeting was held in response to a DOT Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report critical of the success of the program over its 30-year history. The OIG report said state DOTs, which are charged with administering the program, are focused on certifying firms for inclusion in the program, but not their success once in the program. OIG noted that only a small percentage of the certified firms actually participate and that those few firms have been in the program for ten years or more. DOT was interested in hearing from stakeholders about how this outcome could be improved.

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