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
Josh Zumbrun / The Wall Street Journal / March 6, 2015
The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, the 12th straight month where job gains surpassed 200,000. That adds up to 3.3 million net new jobs, the best yearlong period of job gains in nearly 15 years.
The headline jobless rate declined to 5.5%, the lowest since May 2008 and down from 5.7% in January. Measures of unemployment that include discouraged workers and marginally attached workers also declined. The broadest measure of underemployment, which also includes part-time workers who would like full-time work, declined to 11%, from 11.3% last month.Read More
AGC of America / January 2, 2015
Construction spending edged down in November but outlays for the year remained on track for a modest increase over 2013 totals, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new spending figures come as the group’s members prepare a new push for action on a series of federal infrastructure programs, including funding for highway and transit upgrades and to maintain clean water systems across the country.
“Today’s figures continue the seesaw pattern that has characterized residential, private nonresidentialRead More
AGC of America / October 3, 2014
Construction employers added 16,000 jobs and the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September in years, according to an analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction employment gains come as more firms report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions, citing the lack of local vocational training programs, especially at the secondary level.
“While we are eager to see even more construction employment gains, there is no denying theRead More
AGC of America / September 5, 2014
Construction industry employment reached a five-year high in August as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate for August in seven years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that the latest figures reinforce survey results the association recently released showing many contractors are having a tough time finding enough qualified workers.
“Construction employment growth has been accelerating and is broad-based,” said Ken Simonson,Read More