Unlike the damage caused by Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, which resulted mostly from flooding, much of the damage from Irma was from extreme winds that tore off roofs, blew out windows and brought down power lines.
September 13, 2017
It is too early to know what impact the devastation from Hurricane Harvey will have on construction materials prices and supply. There have been immediate price surges for motor fuels because of refinery shutdowns; these will affect supply all along pipelines to the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest that depend on Gulf Coast production or imports.
September 06, 2017
Construction employment increased by 6,000 for the month and 191,000 (2.8%) y/y. The July total, 6,899,000, was the largest since October 2008. Average hourly earnings in construction increased 2.4% y/y to $28.90, or 9.6% higher than the average for all private-sector employees ($26.36, a rise of 2.5% y/y).
August 07, 2017
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 41 states from June 2016 to June 2017, decreased in eight states and the District of Columbia, and remained unchanged in Iowa, an AGC analysis of BLS data released on Friday showed.
July 28, 2017
Construction spending totaled $1.230 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May, nearly the same as in April (although that figure was revised up by $11 billion or 0.9%), the Census Bureau reported on Monday. Spending has varied little in the first five months of 2017, but the rate in all five months exceeded the previous high set in 2006 (without adjusting for inflation).
July 07, 2017
There were 203,000 construction industry job openings, not seasonally adjusted, at the end of April—the highest April level since 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Tuesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
June 12, 2017