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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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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2014
OCT
22

Most construction firms report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as the industry recovers from its years-long downturn, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by AGC of America. Association officials called for new career and technical school programs, as well as other workforce measures to offset the labor shortages.

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2014
OCT
20

It is a reality. For construction employers, a workforce shortage is just around the corner and with many returning veterans and military spouses seeking employment, making a connection is a win for all. As part of the construction industry’s effort to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented a 60-minute webinar on Hiring Our Heroes: Best Practices for Construction Employers. Led by seasoned veteran recruitment experts, this webinar provided construction industry employers with the insight necessary to find, recruit, and hire returning veterans and military spouses.

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2014
OCT
17

Nov. 5-7, 2014 | Las Vegas. Nev. 

Jointly sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference, held Nov. 5-7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev., was developed in response to a need for programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The three-day conference is filled with 36 interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Sessions are delivered “group-live” and are at intermediate, overview and update program levels. There are no prerequisites or advanced preparation required. Information about the conference can be found at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma

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2014
OCT
17

There are only 18 days until Election Day.  With more than 6 million individuals working in construction, our industry has a tremendous opportunity to impact this election. To be successful, it is critical you encourage your colleagues, family and friends to register to vote, and then cast a ballot on or before November 4.

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2014
OCT
17

Visit HardhatsforHighways.org to Contact Your Elected Officials

Following the midterm elections on Nov. 4, the 113th Congress will reconvene to take final action on a number of legislative items that must be addressed before its adjournment. While Congress passed an extension providing funding until May 2015 for the federal transportation programs, AGC is pushing for transportation authorization and funding to be one of the priorities that will be taken up in the lame duck session.

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