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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Nonfarm payroll employment in March increased by 98,000, seasonally adjusted, from February and by 2,185,000 (1.5%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. The unemployment rate declined to 4.5% from 4.7% in February. Construction employment increased by 6,000, following a 59,000-job jump in February, the largest one-month gain in 11 years.
April 11, 2017
We have written about problems in search of solutions like the looming skilled craft worker shortage being made worse by the impending retirement of “the old guys” in the business, the exploding demand for new construction and the lack of new trade skilled workers entering the industry, especially in the US.
April 10, 2017
The latest benchmark revisions to the Houston MSA employment numbers show a significantly lower net gain of 200 jobs in 2015 and a more robust 18,700 in 2016, signaling that 2015 may have been slower than originally thought, but that momentum began to increase at a more rapid pace in 2016.For construction, which lags behind the overall Houston economy, public work continues to dominate.  The Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County Toll Road Authority have unveiled over $2 billion in freeway improvements over the next five years, with the hopes of dramatically improving mobility across the city.  
April 07, 2017
An anti-union measure that some worry is unconstitutional has now been sent to the Texas House of Representatives by the Senate, moving much more quickly through the process than a similar proposal did during the last regular session of the Legislature in Austin two years ago.
April 06, 2017
Put yourself in the shoes of an owner leasing office space in a market driven by the oil and gas business that at the end of 2016 had 231 million square feet of office space, negative absorption and a 17.5% vacancy. Lots of opportunity there for sure.
April 05, 2017
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 43 states from February 2016 to February 2017 and fell in seven states and the District of Columbia, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released on Friday showed. Rhode Island led in percentage gain (12%, 2,200 jobs), followed by Idaho (10%, 4,200), Oregon (10%, 8,900) and Louisiana (9.6%, 13,500).
April 04, 2017
The 5th edition of NCCER’s Core Curriculum has been in circulation for more than a year. I remember the 3rd edition because I was one of the volunteer authors. I was impressed with the group that brought a wide range of experience and knowledge to bear on helping put the finishing touches on the hard work done by NCCER and Pearson beforehand. This was in 2000 and going through each module I had flashbacks to my time at basic training in the US Army.
April 03, 2017
The Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF), an educational affiliate of ABC Greater Houston, hosted an open house yesterday at their Performance Verification Center in La Porte, Texas.  CMEF contributors, ABC members, and guests were invited to tour the facility while enjoying some live music and barbeque.
March 31, 2017
There is lots of buzz in the US about women in the construction industry. Questions are being asked about why more women are not attracted to the field, how more women can be attracted to a career in construction, and who are the leading women in US construction.
March 30, 2017
Howdy! This month I am coming to you with an extra “spring” in my step. Yes, it’s that time of year, but I am also proud as a peacock to share with you that the Chamberlin team recently received three prestigious awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
March 29, 2017