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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased from August 2018 to August 2019 in 39 states and the District of Columbia and declined in 10 states and was unchanged in Mississippi, Bureau of Labor Statistics data released show.
Ken Simonson's picture
September 23, 2019
“When employers who misclassify workers evade taxes, the District [of Columbia] loses out on funding for critical social safety net programs.  If these companies are engaged in other forms of wage theft, their savings at the expense of workers can exceed 40 percent.” from the report Illegal Worker Misclassification: Payroll Fraud in the District’s Construction Industry
Construction Citizen's picture
September 20, 2019
In two years, Gen Z is expected to make up one-fifth of the workforce.  With 40% of workers estimated to retire by 2030, the construction industry knows that it needs this generation to choose construction.  Yet the estimated workforce shortages and skills gap that we’re facing indicate a distinct lack of new workers joining the industry.
Rachel Burris's picture
September 19, 2019
The Harris County Commissioners Court on August 27, passed an 8 part item that includes the establishment of a new set of criteria for all “buildings” using Federal funds built by Harris County. This initiative was passed after a “working group” of department heads and representatives from each commissioner’s office worked with the county attorney to propose the new guidelines for projects that include Federal monies flowing into the region to rebuild after Harvey and possibly for all County projects. 
Jim Kollaer's picture
September 18, 2019
Contractors' bid prices inched up 0.1% from July to August, while materials and services input costs dipped 0.2% for the month, based on an AGC analysis of producer price indexes (PPIs) that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted on Wednesday.
Ken Simonson's picture
September 17, 2019
The TX Facilities Commission has released a video featuring the partnership between their HUB program and the TX Department of Insurance now offering OSHA-30 training to Historically Underutilized Businesses and small contractors.
Scott Braddock's picture
September 16, 2019
During the show, MAREK Chief Operating Officer Mike Holland talked about how these enforcement efforts simply drive undocumented people to work as independent subcontractors, meaning they lack worker protections and employers get away with avoiding payroll taxes, among other consequences.
Construction Citizen's picture
September 13, 2019
Texas Builders are having an even harder time than contractors in other states in finding enough skilled workers to keep up with demand, leading to higher construction costs. That's according to the latest survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, which found 80 percent of firms nationwide are having difficulty finding skilled workers. In Texas, the number is 84 percent.
Scott Braddock's picture
September 12, 2019
A construction craft professional was just assigned his first supervisor position as the jobsite foreman. Things went relatively well while the crew was small. As other crafts ramped up, it was necessary for his crew to increase in numbers to keep the job schedule on track. As he was accustomed to working with an experienced crew, he didn’t know his new hires for the jobsite would be less experienced and more entry-level.
Construction Citizen's picture
September 11, 2019
Nonfarm payroll employment in August increased by 130,000, seasonally adjusted, from July and by 2,074,000 (1.4%) year-over-year (y/y) from August 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today.
Ken Simonson's picture
September 10, 2019