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20th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards

AGC of America announces its Twentieth Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards sponsored by Willis Towers Watson. Please visit to access the application. The deadline for submitting entries to AGC is Friday, December 14, 2018.

Construction employment rises in 80% of metros; survey finds optimism despite dip in starts

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, increased between August 2017 and August 2018 in 287 (80%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides construction employment

45 states, D.C. add construction jobs through August; new tariffs hit construction inputs

Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 45 states and the District of Columbia year-over-year (y/y) from July 2017 to July 2018, held steady in two states and declined in three states—the smallest number of states with y/y decreases since May 2015—an AGC

AGC survey finds 80% of firms have trouble filling craft jobs, adding to cost, delays

            Filling craft positions and some salaried positions is an even greater challenge for contractors than it was a year ago, according to participants in the Autodesk-AGC of America 2018 Workforce Survey,

July PPI changes are mixed but squeeze on contractors continues; more hikes appear likely

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in July, not seasonally adjusted, was unchanged from June and up 3.3% year-over-year (y/y) from July 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 9.

Governor Otter Proclaims October "Careers in Construction" Month

October 2018 is Careers in Construction Month!

Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has proclaimed October "Careers in Construction" Month.  If you are interested in participating in any events or would like the Idaho AGC to acknowledge your company's participation in any events for Careers in Construction Month, please contact Kristy Watson at or 208.472.0451.


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.


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