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US Announces Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump announced Thursday that he plans this week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the country, drawing praise from American steelmakers but stoking fe...


AGC Predicts Construction Growth in 2018

A major construction-industry group in the U.S. is forecasting expanding payrolls for 75 percent of contractors in the coming year, though its new industry forecast includes some unease rega...


AGC Seeks Protection for Border Wall Contractors

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has issued a call for protection for companies working on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and its prototypes; local governments are threatenin...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

While contractors are lining up for a chance to take part in the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, some state and local officials are hoping to use their clout to ma...


US Construction Jobs On the Rise

According to new government numbers, the construction industry in the United States added 36,000 jobs, and saw an increase in pay for workers, in January, though jobs on civil engineering pr...


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Groups Press Candidates on Infrastructure

A group of industry organizations has asked the two major-party presidential nominees to keep long-term infrastructure solutions as part of their presidential plans.


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

More than two-thirds of contractors in the United States are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions—which represent the bulk of the construction workforce—including painters and...


Construction Numbers, Labor Demand Up

As Census Bureau numbers show the U.S. construction industry continuing to grow (including a big leap in road construction), one industry group is pointing out the need for more qualified wo...


Associations File Suit Over Silica Rule

A coalition of construction industry associations taking issue with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rule are taking their concerns to a federal appeals court.


Reports: Construction Pulse Is Strong

From spending to jobs, all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction...


Construction Jobs Picture Mixed, AGC Says

As spending grows in nonresidential construction, data shows employment growth in that sector to be lagging, suggesting contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers, a new re...


Heavy Construction Jobs Set to Rise

Declines in heavy and civil engineering construction are expected to turn around in 2016 in response to the long-term transportation bill, according to the Associated General Contractors of ...


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


Feds to Query Contractors on Lead Plan

Do public and commercial construction projects need new federal lead-safe mandates to protect occupants and workers?


 
 
   

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