On March 20, 2014, AGC will host a webinar on the implications of one of the most talked-about state laws that is sweeping its way across the country, legalized marijuana. The webinar, Legalized Marijuana: Implications for the Construction Workplace, will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. Registration is $99 for MBI members and $129 for non-members.
Most construction contractors predict that the demand for construction services will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year, and many firms plan to start hiring again, according to AGC’s recently released survey results conducted as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. The survey results reflect a generally upbeat outlook for the year, even as firms worry about growing worker shortages, rising costs, and the impact of new regulations and federal budget cutting.
Construction Employment Declined by 16,000 Jobs Amid Cold Winter Weather in December as Sector's Unemployment Rate Hits 11.4%
Construction employment declined by 16,000 in December but the industry unemployment rate fell to 11.4 percent, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the new employment data was likely impacted by cold weather, but also reflects underlying weakness in the construction sector.
“Given the variability of weather, especially in winter, the downturn in December is not cause for alarm,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “The data does show how uneven the recovery remains with residential construction doing very well, but the public sector remains weak and private nonresidential construction is mixed.”
In response to an August 20, 2013, letter from AGC, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has provided clarification on the application of the Davis-Bacon Act to survey crew workers. Due to widespread confusion among construction contractors, AGC’s letter requested a withdrawal and reissuance of All Agency Memorandum (AAM) 212. The AAM, regarding the application of the Davis-Bacon Act to survey crews, was issued by WHD on March 23, 2013.
A recent report by The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative focused on the apprenticeship completion and cancellation rates among 18 construction crafts, including roofers, painters, laborers, carpenters, electricians, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, painters, glaziers, and drywall and ceiling tile installers.
The report titled, “Apprenticeship: Completion and Cancellation in the Building Trades,” is the latest in a series of research reports into the construction industry, including a 2009 national survey on construction pre-apprenticeship programs.