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Associated General Contractors
Construction employers added 15,000 workers to payrolls in February despite harsh winter working conditions, raising industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. However, association officials noted that as the industry adds jobs many firms report they are already having a hard time finding skilled workers.
“The rate of construction hiring has outpaced job growth in the overall economy for the past year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.Read More
Michelle Obama / Wall Street Journal / February 10, 2014
On Monday, more than 100 construction companies—many of whom are direct competitors—came together to announce that they plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans within the next five years. They made this commitment not just because it’s the patriotic thing to do, and not just because they want to repay our veterans for their service to our country, but because these companies know that it’s the smart thing to do for their businesses.
As one construction industry executive put it, “Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry. Men and women who serve in the militaryRead More
AGC of America / November 22, 2013
Construction employment increased in 39 states over the past 12 months, the most widespread gains since April 2012, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Labor, conducted by Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said action on needed infrastructure investments for water and transportation projects would help support continued employment growth for the industry.
“It is encouraging that three-quarters of the states are now adding construction jobs on a year-over-year basis,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.Read More