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Construction employment on the rise

Construction employment is up in 139 of 337 cities tracked by the Associated General Contractors of America. “Private sector demand for energy, health care, higher education and residential construction is having a positive impact in a growing number of metro areas,” the association’s chief economist Ken Simonson said. “Unfortunately, construction employment in almost as many… Continue Reading Construction employment on the rise

Payroll employment in the construction industry unexpectedly rose in March by 15,000 – the first gain since June 2007. Continue Reading March positive month for construction employment

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Colorado Springs led the state in construction employment last year, but projects nationwide only grew in four out of 337 metropolitan areas, said the Associated General Contractors of America. The association said spending on projects dropped by $100 billion in December to a six-year low of $903 billion. Colorado Springs ranked No. 216 for overall construction… Continue Reading Colorado Springs leads state for construction employment

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Nationwide, employer costs for employee compensation — wages, salaries, benefits and required payments — averaged $31.20 per hour worked during March for full-time workers in private industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that of the total, wages and salaries accounted for $21.72 (70 percent); insurance, $2.58 (8 percent); legally required benefits such as employer taxes… Continue Reading Construction companies paying higher wages, workmen’s comp

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Not surprisingly, construction employment declined in most metropolitan areas from April 2008 to April 2009, which has prompted some to say it’s high time to use stimulus money to help the issue. Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America, said the data shows a need for the federal government to move quickly… Continue Reading Construction job decline cries for stimulus money

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