Thirty-Nine States Add Construction Jobs Between April 2016, 2017

Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between April 2016 and April 2017 amid growing demand for construction services, yet more than half the states lost construction jobs between March and April amid tight labor market conditions, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department recently release data. Association officials said firms in many parts of the country are having a hard time finding qualified workers, which is likely holding back broader employment gains in some states. “Demand for construction remains robust, so it is likely that a number of the monthly employment declines are being … Read more

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Construction Association Unveils Steps to Improve Worker Safety

The Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a new study designed to improve the safety of construction workers as it announced that two-thirds of metro areas added construction jobs during the past 12 months. Association officials said the new safety study is designed to help construction firms prevent workplace fatalities and injuries. “We all share a common goal: getting to zero construction fatalities,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO. “This report offers the kind of data and recommendations needed to help construction firms achieve that goal.” The association unveiled the safety report at a time when construction employment is … Read more

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Northwest Light Rail Extension Receives Alliant Build America Awards

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Northwest Light Rail Extension was recently honored with two 2017 Alliant Build America Awards during the Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention. The awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. The Northwest Extension was honored in the New Highway and Transportation category and in the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category. Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck, a joint venture of Sundt Construction, Inc., and Stacy and Witbeck, completed the 3.2-mile extension to the Valley Metro light rail system … Read more

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Construction Employment Increases by 6,000 Jobs in March

Construction employment increased by 6,000 jobs in March as a February hiring surge prompted by mild winter weather in much of the country prompted firms to hire fewer people last month, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining public-sector investments in construction and infrastructure could impact future construction hiring unless the administration and Congress enact a new funding measure. “Construction firms continued to add jobs over the past year at a higher rate than the overall economy,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The small job gain … Read more

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