AGC Joins Hiring Our Heroes Program as Part of Effort to Add 100,000 Veterans to Workforce in Five Years
The Associated General Contractors of America recently announced that it is joining the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find, recruit and hire veterans, association officials added.
“The only thing keeping many of our members from hiring vets is figuring out how to find them,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. “This new partnership will make it easier for construction firms to find, recruit and hire veterans.”
Construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest June level in six years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that recent employment gains could be undermined when the federal government begins scaling back transportation investments in August.
"The construction industry continues to expand gradually and unevenly," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Despite recent job growth, construction employment is still more than 1.7 million jobs or 22 percent below its 2006 peak."
A 2014 outlook survey conducted by AGC found two-thirds of contractors are experiencing difficulty filling key professional and craft positions, and they expect more difficulty in the coming years, reports Jim Young, director of Congressional relations at AGC.
“As the economy and construction industry rebounds, we are concerned about where future workers will come from,” stated Jim Young, Director of Congressional Relations for AGC. “Our contractors want to hire Americans first, but when they can’t, we want them to have another avenue to find a workforce.”
Construction employment expanded in 220 metro areas, declined in 70 and was stagnant in 49 between April 2013 and April 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that federal spending cutbacks on government facilities and Hurricane Sandy reconstruction were contributing to job losses around Washington, D.C. and New Jersey.
“Construction employment appears to be rebounding in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “Declines in federal spending likely depressed construction employment near Washington, while of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may be having an impact on construction employment in metro areas in New Jersey.”
Construction Employment Increased in 39 States and DC from a Year Ago and in 29 States and DC from March to April
Construction firms added jobs in 39 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 29 states and D.C. between March and April according to an analysis today by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials welcomed the mostly positive figures but cautioned that the industry’s recovery remained fragile, with construction employment levels below prior peaks in every state except North Dakota.
“Growing demand for a range of construction services and better weather helped boost construction employment in most states in April,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But we are still a long way away from getting back to the kind of employment levels the industry experienced nearly a decade ago.”