Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 22 States, ABC Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — April not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates were down in 22 states and unchanged in two (Arkansas and California) on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released by Associated Builders and Contractors. However, the national NSA construction unemployment rate of 6.3 percent was up .3 percent from April 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since these industry-specific rates are not seasonally adjusted, national and state-level unemployment rates are best evaluated on a year-over-year basis. “Despite the year-over-year increase, this was the third lowest national not seasonally adjusted April construction unemployment rate on … Read more

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Steel Erectors Honor Charlie Johnson with William Davis Service Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In recognition for his service to the steel construction industry, the Steel Erectors Association of America has named Charlie Johnson the recipient of the William Davis Service Award. The association’s highest honor, it is given in memory of William Davis, who held board and committee positions with SEAA in the 1980s and 1990s. Johnson, retired vice president and general manager of Steel Performance Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina, has held officer and board member positions with the association, including president, vice president, treasurer and Long Range Planning Committee chairman. He joined Steel Performance in 1995 after a long … Read more

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Construction Employment Increases in 217 Out of 358 Metro Areas Between April 2016, 2017

Construction employment increased in 217 out of 358 metro areas between April 2016 and April 2017, declined in 89 and stagnated in 52, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction firms in many parts of the country continue to expand headcount amid strong private-sector demand for their services. “Construction employment continues to expand in the majority of the nation’s metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Many firms are adding new employees as they work to keep pace with demand for new private-sector … Read more

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Burrard Development Selects Builder for 40-Story Residential Tower NEXUS

SEATTLE, Wash. – Skanska has signed a contract with Burrard Development to build NEXUS, a 40-story, 382-unit high-rise residential condominium tower in Seattle, Washington. Skanska USA Building will include the full $151.6-million value of the contract its Q1 2017 order bookings. The architect of record, Weber Thompson, has created a landmark design that will be an instantly recognizable feature of the Seattle skyline: a series of cubes offset by eight degrees, creating dynamic transition floors with unique amenities and residential terraces. Located at the corner of Minor Ave. and Howell St., NEXUS will be more than 400-feet tall with 590,349 … Read more

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