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2010 Produces Construction Employment Decline In 36 States

January 26, 2011 5 comments

Unreal.

Thirty-six states lost construction jobs in 2010 as the industry shrank by 93,000 employees nationally, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The figures underscore the challenges facing the construction industry and echo the results of the construction industry outlook the association released yesterday.

Full Article: Construction Employment Declines in 36 States During Past Year

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29 States See Construction Employment Expansion From September to Novemeber

November 29, 2010 1 comment

Associated General Contractors of America Reports:

Construction employment expanded in 29 states between September and October, while fewer people are working in construction compared to last year in 39 states, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a nearly year-long trend of ups and downs in construction employment as the industry performs stimulus-funded work yet grapples with broad market uncertainty.

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Construction Employment Approaches 14-Year Low

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Construction employment approaches 14-year low, with another 21,000 jobs lost in September and unemployment rate climbing to 17.2 percent.

The number of people working in construction is approaching a 14-year low now that the industry lost 21,000 jobs in September, while construction unemployment is at a September high of 17.2 percent, according to an analysis of federal employment figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The construction industry continues to suffer from declining investments in construction and broad uncertainty about the future of many federal infrastructure programs and tax rates, association officials noted.

“It has taken less than four years to erase a decade’s worth of job gains as the industry suffers from declining private, state and local construction demand,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “No other sector of the economy has suffered as much for as long as construction.”

Full Press Release: AGC of America

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Construction Employment Decreases, Again!

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

What goes down, must come up?

Construction employment decreased by 11,000 between June and July 2010 while the industry’s unemployment rate fell to 17.3 percent, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of federal employment data released today. The third month of construction employment declines, despite the stimulus, reflects overall weak demand for private, local and state funded construction, association officials noted.

“The fact that this industry continues to suffer from unemployment rates nearly double the national average is a reflection of how much demand for construction has cratered in little more than two years,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Worse yet, there’s every indication that as the benefits of the stimulus fade the industry’s employment picture will get even worse.”

Sandherr noted that since July 2008, construction employment has declined by a total of 1,591,000 jobs, a 22 percent decline. He added that even though the industry accounts for four percent of the non–farm workforce, it has experienced 23 percent of the total job losses over the past two years. “The sad fact is that construction workers have been forced to endure depression–like conditions for far too long.”

Full Press Release: Associated General Contractors of America

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Illegal Immigration Hurts ALL Construction Workers

July 27, 2010 3 comments

Wow, so the saturation of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is color blind and affects ALL AMERICANS?

Armando De Alba is proud of his Mexican ancestry. But he’s tired of what he views as government toleration of illegal immigrants.

“I’m for deporting everyone back,” De Alba said. “They need to enforce the law and do it hardcore. You have got to make them understand we’re not here to mess around.”

De Alba, 30, lived in Hemet with his wife and two children until July 12, when they moved in with his sister-in-law and her family in Murrieta. They lost the house they bought in 2004 in a short sale after De Alba’s plastering business went under.

De Alba blames illegal immigrants.

“The contractor hires illegals to do the job,” he said. “They outbid us. They’re people who aren’t licensed, bonded, insured, who don’t pay taxes.”

Full story from The Press-Enterprise:
Construction worker says Hispanics like himself are hurt by illegal immigration

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Construction Employment Could Be Stabilizing

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

AGC of America reports of possible stabilization of construction employment.

Construction employment edged closer to stabilizing in June, as half the states either added construction jobs or kept the same number as in May, the Associated General Contractors reported in an analysis of federal employment data released today. Compared to June 2009, construction employment rose in six states, the largest number of states to post year-over-year increases since October 2008.

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Construction Employment Slump Reaches 14 Year Low

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

And the hits keep coming…

Seasonally adjusted construction industry employment slipped in June to the lowest total since July 1996 while the industry’s unemployment rate remained at 20.1 percent, more than double the average for all workers, according to analysis of new federal figures by the Associated General Contractors of America.

“The recession may have ended a year ago for most of the economy, but for construction, job losses and business closures continue every month,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the construction trade association.

Full Article from [ForConstructionPros.com]

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