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Construction Employment Gains Remain Spotty In July

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  Construction employment continued its spotty improvement in July, as more states posted year-over-year gains but most states posted decreases compared with June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the steady improvement in employment in many states was welcome news, but cautioned that… Read More →

Construction Unemployment Hits 9.1%, Lowest July Mark Since 2008

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  The unemployment rate for construction workers fell to the lowest July level in five years last month, even though employment has stagnated in the past four months, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged Washington leaders to act on stalled infrastructure funding measures… Read More →

Construction Spending Slips As Residential Market Pauses; Private Nonresidential, Public Spending Decline

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  Total construction spending cooled in June as residential building hit the pause button, while private nonresidential and public construction also declined, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a top federal priority for the fiscal… Read More →

Valley Has 3rd Highest Increase Of New Jobs As Construction Employment Up In More U.S. Metro Areas

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  Construction employment increased in 191 out of 339 metro areas between June 2012 and June 2013, declined in 97 and was flat in 51, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials welcomed the construction employment gains but cautioned that demand remained… Read More →

New Coalition To Help Bring Relief To Construction Sector That Pays Highest Corporate Tax Rate

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  The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement today in reaction to the launch of the new Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates. The association is a founding member of the new coalition, which will work to ensure that comprehensive tax reform efforts focus… Read More →

States Split Evenly Between Construction Job Gains, Losses In June

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  Equal numbers of states gained and lost construction jobs in June, highlighting the fragmentary nature of the industry’s recovery, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials added that, despite the fact most states added jobs year-over-year, construction employment levels are below peak levels for… Read More →

Construction Unemployment Falls To Lowest June Level Since 2008

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  The unemployment rate for construction workers fell below double digits in June for the first time since 2008 as every segment of the industry added employees, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the relatively positive jobs report for the sector highlights the… Read More →

Valley Adds Most New Jobs Nationally As Construction Employment Increases In 185 Of 339 Metro Areas

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  It may be hot in the Valley, but that’s nothing compared to the sizzling construction employment market. Construction employment increased in 185 out of 339 metro areas between May 2012 and May 2013, with the Valley adding the most new jobs, 13,000, for an increase of 15%. Employment declined in 115 areas and was stagnant… Read More →

Construction Unemployment Drops To 10.8%, Lowest May Mark In 5 Years

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  Construction employment increased by 7,000 in May, helping to push the industry’s unemployment rate down to the lowest May level in five years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the relatively positive jobs report for the sector underscores the need to address… Read More →

Construction Employment Up In 170 Of 339 Metro Areas As Private Sector Demand Accelerates

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  Construction employment increased in 170 out of 339 metropolitan areas between April 2012 and April 2013, declined in 123 and was stagnant in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that a majority of metro areas are adding construction… Read More →

Construction Employment Up In 152 Of 339 Metro Areas; Spending Up As Well

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  Construction employment increased in 152 out of 339 Metro areas between March 2012 and March 2013, declined in 126 and was stagnant in 61, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that many metro areas are adding jobs as construction… Read More →

AGC Honors Arizona Builders’ Alliance’s Minter and McMullen

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Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA) Executive Director Mark Minter and Assistant Executive Director Carol McMullen were honored recently at the National Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif. National AGC President Joseph Jarboe recognized and thanked the two at the annual leadership lunch for their years of service to the industry, AGC… Read More →

Construction Employment Increases In 30 States Between February and March

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  Construction employment increased in 30 states in March as the industry expanded but at a slower pace than in February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials cautioned, however, that many states remain vulnerable to construction cutbacks from newly enacted and proposed decreases in… Read More →

Construction Materials Prices Flat in March; Spikes in Key Items Leave Contractors Vulnerable as Pricing Remains Flat

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  Prices for construction materials were flat in March, as plunging diesel fuel and metals prices offset increases in items used in new housing and nonresidential building renovations, according to an analysis of new federal figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that contractors have kept the prices they… Read More →