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JLT Build America Awards Application Site Now Open!

Application Deadline: October 24, 2018

AGC Members,

AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the 2019 JLT Build America Awards! AGC members who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition.

Employment hits 10-year high in July; unemployment, job openings set series records

Nonfarm payroll employment in July increased by 157,000, seasonally adjusted, from June and by 2,400,000 (1.6%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. The unemployment rate edged down to 3.9% from 4.0% in June.

Metro employment gains spread widely; material costs are mixed but pay accelerates

            Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, rose from June 2017 to June 2018 in 272 (76%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides construction employment

State employment gains remain widespread; starts strengthen in June, Dodge finds

Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 43 states and the District of Columbia year-over-year (y/y) from June 2017 to June 2018, declined in six states and was unchanged in Hawaii, an AGC analysis

June PPIs point to tighter cost squeeze on contractors; Beige Book indicates more growth

            The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in June, not seasonally adjusted, rose 0.4% from May and 3.4% year-over-year (y/y) from June 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on July 11.

BSU CM Offering an AEC Project Management Course Starting in August

BSU CM is again offering an AEC Project Management course starting in August. The course is designed for individuals in the construction industry, or those tied to the construction industry to gain a greater understanding of the AEC Project Management process.

Previous attendees have included; Project Management Assistants, Safety and Risk Mangers, HR personnel, Insurance and Bonding agents, Lawyers, Architects, and Engineers.

Construction employment rises strongly in past year; spending increases through May

            Nonfarm payroll employment in June increased by 213,000, seasonally adjusted, from May and by 2,374,000 (1.6%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


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