The Interchange

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Training Boise’s Builders from Classroom to Skyline

From the soaring Zions Bank building, which stands as the tallest building in Idaho, to the eye-catching Center for the Visual Arts taking shape on the west end of Boise State’s campus, the students and alumni of the university’s construction management program have helped build the Boise skyline from the ground up since 1976....

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Construction employment climbs steeply in April; most spending grows in March

            Nonfarm payroll employment in April increased by 263,000, seasonally adjusted, from March and by 2,620,000 (1.8%) year-over-year (y/y) from April 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Private, public structures investment diverge in first quarter; 2018 highway costs jumped

            Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) increased 3.2% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, following a 2.2% gain in Q4 2018, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

FREE Seminar: Workers' Compensation Cost Reduction May 23!

Do you want to reduce your costs today and proactively manage your workers' compensation program into the future? Join us on May 23rd to learn:

38 states add jobs in March; Dodge reports starts rebound in March but fall year-over-year

            Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose from March 2018 to March 2019 in 38 states, declined in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchanged in Nebraska, an AGC

Registration Now Open: 2019 DRBF Northwest Regional Conference

The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation is holding its annual regional conference in Seattle this June 6 and 7th.  

Members may want to take advantage of this opportunity to receive training and join in on the discussions regarding the Dispute Review Board (DRB) process.

 DRBF Northwest Regional Conference 2019

"Moving Forward: Improving DRB Implementation 
for all Stakeholders

Construction spending jumps in February, edges up year-over-year; 232 metros add jobs

            Construction spending totaled $1.320 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in February, up 1.0% from the upwardly revised January estimate and up just 1.1% year-over-year (y/y) from February 2018, the Census Bureau

Career Launcher Update

March 26, 2019

When last we updated you, the Idaho AGC was working in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Idaho post-secondary institutions to launch the Career Launcher program using workforce development grant funds.  The program was designed to introduce its enrollees to a variety of career paths and skills available in the construction industry, included OSHA 10 certification, and would culminate in a hiring fair between program graduates and construction firms.

Employment rises in 37 states in February; starts drop; surveys show worker-supply worries

Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose from February 2018 to February 2019 in 37 states and declined in 13 states and the District of Columbia, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nonresidential spending gains offset single-family slump; input costs show mixed trends

            Construction spending totaled $1.280 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in January, up 1.3% from the downwardly revised December estimate and up just 0.3% year-over-year (y/y) from January 2018, the Census Bureau


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