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
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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
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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
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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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2014
AUG
28

Preparing the Next Generation of Managers 

What do the future leaders of the highway, transportation and utility markets look like? How to those future leaders communicate? What will their management style be? Learn what the current generation of construction industry managers are looking for in future company leaders at every level at the 2014 Highway & Utilities Contractors Conference on Nov. 13-15 in San Diego, Calif.

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2014
AUG
27

Construction employment expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 44 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by AGC of America.  As employment grows, 25 percent of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work according to a new survey conducted by SmartBrief, an industry leader in curated business news and custom content, in partnership with the association.

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2014
AUG
25

“The AGC Alternative,” the first of its kind, nation-wide private insurance exchange to serve the commercial construction industry, begins offering quotes todayto firms belonging to AGC of America, association officials announced.  The private exchange, developed in collaboration with Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, features comprehensive insurance coverage from Aetna, MetLife and Group Vision Service as part of its introductory suite of benefits.

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2014
AUG
21

Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Prohibit Construction Reverse Auctions

Many states already have laws prohibiting reverse auctions for construction services. However, those laws do not prevent federal agencies from conducting reverse auctions in those states. And federal agencies, like the Departments of Veterans Affairs and the Interior, are increasingly turning to reverse auction procurement for construction services, which include million dollar building renovations, national park road construction, and material supply. Please urge your senators to prohibit federal agencies from procuring construction services through reverse auctions.

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2014
AUG
21

AGC submitted detailed comments on a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would give the agency the authority to cut into the paychecks of those who have unpaid debts, such as a fine or penalty for an alleged environmental violation. EPA would be allowed to garnish up to 15 percent of the “disposable pay” of delinquent debtors who do not work for the federal government via a process known as administrative wage garnishment (AWG) – all without a court order.

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