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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2014
SEP
19

Construction firms added jobs in 36 states between August 2013 and August 2014 while construction employment increased in 28 states between July and August, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America. Association officials noted that construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation even as employment gains remain uneven by month and state.

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2014
SEP
16

Each October, construction industry professionals in HR, training and workforce development gear up for the industry’s premier learning and networking event, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference, and this year is no different.  The 2014 event will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.  For more information or to register, visit www.agc.org/CHRTPC.

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2014
SEP
16

AGC Explains Legal Limits to Mandates on Stormwater Retention, Flow or Impervious Surface Area

As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stopped work to promulgate a new national rule to restrict the discharge of stormwater from developed sites (after construction is complete).  That’s the good news.  The troubling news is that EPA continues to carry out the objectives of its deferred rulemaking via its existing permit process for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), which is legally questionable.  AGC members should be on the lookout for new requirements that limit stormwater flow or impervious surface area at developed sites, as well as unmanageble mandates to retain runoff onsite to mimic pre-development conditions.  AGC has a “toolbox” of resources available to help you respond.

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2014
SEP
05

Construction industry employment reached a five-year high in August as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate for August in seven years, according to an analysis by AGC of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that the latest figures reinforce survey results the association recently released showing many contractors are having a tough time finding enough qualified workers.

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2014
SEP
02

All major categories of construction spending increased in July and total construction reached the highest level since December 2008, according to an analysis by AGC of America. Association officials welcomed the robust spending figures, but cautioned that growing demand will put new pressure on an already tight labor market.

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2014
AUG
29

Participate in Hardhats for Highways – Your Company’s Future Depends on It

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their semi-annual Economic and Budget Outlook, in which they have updated their ten-year solvency projections for the Highway Trust Fund.

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2014
AUG
28

Over the last several months, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute have been forging new relationships as well as strengthening existing ties with other organizations.  Those working on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green projects (such as Sustainable SITES) will be impacted by these developments.

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2014
AUG
28

In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Rainfall Erosivity Factor Calculator, which can help you determine the value of the rainfall erosivity factor (R-factor) on a small construction project (disturbing less than five acres).  Small construction sites with an R-factor of less than five (5) qualify for a waiver from stormwater permitting requirements in areas where EPA is the permitting authority.  Certain state permitting authorities also may accept low erosivity waivers.

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