News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Associated General Contractors / March 6, 2015
Construction employers added 29,000 jobs in February and 321,000 over the past year, reaching the highest employment total in six years, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 10.6 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that construction jobs in the highway and transit sector were at risk because of Washington gridlock.
“Despite challenging weather conditions in much of the country, both the number of workers and their average weekly hours rose last month to the highestRead More
Ken Simonton / Associated General Contractors
Construction market growth is projected to average between 6 and 10 percent per year in 2014 – 2017, according to Ken Simonton, economist for Associated General Contractors of America. In a recent Construction Market Outlook, Simonton provided an excellent macro-economic assessment of the landscape for commercial and residential developers and builders. Below are a few data points from the outlook. To view the entire report, click here.
- Total construction spending: +6% to +10% per year
- less SF housing, retail; declining public spending
- new drivers: shale-based
Associated General Contractors / January 21, 2014
Many firms plan to start hiring again and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey, conducted as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, provides a generally upbeat outlook for the year even as firms worry about growing worker shortages, rising costs and the impact of new regulations and federal budget cutting.
“Contractors are more optimistic about 2014 than they haveRead More
AGC of America / December 2, 2013
An unusual surge in public construction in October pushed total construction spending to its highest level since May 2009 despite a dip in both private residential and nonresidential activity, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers in Washington to make water and surface transportation investment a top federal priority.
“Nearly every category of public construction increased in October, according to the preliminary Census figures, although for the first 10 months of 2013 combined,Read More