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The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in September, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.4% from August and 2.6% year-over-year (y/y) from September 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Thursday. AGC posted tables and an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs. Final demand includes goods, services and five types of nonresidential buildings that BLS says make up 34% of total construction.
October 20, 2017
Nonfarm payroll employment in September declined by 33,000, seasonally adjusted, from August but increased by 1,777,000 (1.2%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. The unemployment rate fell to 4.2% from 4.4% in August. BLS noted, "A sharp employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey."
October 09, 2017
Construction spending totaled $1.218 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in August, 0.5% higher than in July, and 2.5% higher year-over-year (y/y) from the August 2016 rate, the Census Bureau reported Monday. Public construction increased 0.7% for the month but declined 5.1% y/y.
October 04, 2017
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
Filling craft positions and some salaried positions remains as great a challenge for contractors as it was a year ago, according to participants in AGC's 2017 Workforce Survey, released on Tuesday. 
August 31, 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
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in June, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.2% from May and 2.0% year-over-year (y/y) from June 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Thursday.
July 21, 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