08.21.19 Media Advisory - Release New Data Showing the Severity of Construction Worker Shortages

MEDIA ADVISORY

Officials to Release New Data Showing the Severity of Construction Worker Shortages Nationwide and By Region and State* During Media Call on Tuesday, August 27 at 1 P.M. EDT

 

On Tuesday, August 27 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Autodesk will release new data showing the severity of construction worker shortages nationwide and by region and state* during a media conference call at 1-800-875-3456 (use passcode: "Brian Turmail").  The new data is based on a comprehensive survey of construction firms and includes details on how many firms are coping with labor shortages, the possible causes for tight labor conditions – including drug use – and their impact on the industry and broader economy.  

Stephen Sandherr and Ken Simonson, the association's CEO and chief economist respectively, will release the new worker shortage data and identify measures public officials should take to address labor shortages. Allison Scott, head of integrated marketing for Autodesk Construction Solutions at Autodesk, will discuss how technology can help address workforce shortages. And construction contractors will discuss local labor conditions and the steps they are taking to cope with them. 

WHO:             Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.

                        Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.

                        Allison Scott, head of integrated marketing, Autodesk Construction Solutions, Autodesk, Boston, MA

                        Construction Contractors

WHAT:          Release of New Data Showing Severity of National, Regional and State* Construction Worker Shortages

              WHEN:          1 p.m. EDT

                                    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

WHERE:       1-800-875-3456

                        Verbal Passcode: "Brian Turmail"

CONTACT:  Brian Turmail, 703-459-0238 or turmailb@agc.org.

*State data available for Ala., Ariz., Calif., Colo., Ga., Idaho, Ill., Iowa, Ky., La., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.C., N.Y., Ohio, Ore., S.D., Tenn., Texas, Va. and Wash.

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Press Release: CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 40 STATES AND D.C. FROM JULY 2018 TO JULY 2019, WHILE 25 STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN JUNE AND JULY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 CONTACT: Brian Turmail

Friday, August 16, 2019                                                                                 (703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 40 STATES AND D.C. FROM JULY 2018 TO JULY 2019, WHILE 25 STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN JUNE AND JULY

Texas and Wyoming Have Biggest Number and Percent of Annual Job Gains, While Louisiana Lags;

Texas and Utah Experience Largest One-Month Gains as Ohio and Alaska Have Worst Declines

 

Forty states added construction jobs between July 2018 and July 2019, while construction employment increased in 25 states from June to July, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said the new jobs totals indicate there is a need for new federal investments in career and technical education programs, along with immigration reform.

 

“Demand for projects, and the workers to build them, shows no sign of letting up in most states, and contractors continue to increase headcount when they can find qualified workers,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “But job openings at the end of June were the highest ever for June, suggesting that contractors are struggling to find all the workers they need in many states.”

 

Texas added the most construction jobs over the year (48,400 jobs, 6.6 percent), followed by California (37,100 jobs, 4.3 percent), Florida (21,300 jobs, 3.9 percent), and Arizona (17,400 jobs, 11 percent). Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs over 12 months (13.1 percent, 2,600 jobs), followed by West Virginia (11.7 percent, 5,000 jobs), North Dakota (11.6 percent, 3,000 jobs), and Arizona. Construction employment reached a record high in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

 

Ten states shed construction jobs over the latest 12 months. Louisiana lost the largest number and percentage of construction jobs (-12,100 jobs, -7.9 percent). Other states with large job losses include Ohio (-2,900 jobs, -1.3 percent), South Carolina (-2,800 jobs, -2.7 percent), and Massachusetts (-2,500 jobs, -1.6 percent). Other states with a substantial percentage decline include Vermont (-3.3 percent, -500 jobs), South Carolina, Connecticut (-2.6 percent, -1,500 jobs), and Massachusetts.

 

Texas added the most construction jobs between June and July (6,300 jobs, 0.8 percent), followed by Utah (2,700 jobs, 2.5 percent), Washington (1,900 jobs, 0.9 percent), Virginia (1,700 jobs, 0.8 percent), and Minnesota (1,600 jobs, 1.2 percent). Utah added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month, followed by Montana (2.1 percent, 600 jobs), Minnesota, and North Dakota (1.1 percent, 300 jobs).

 

Construction employment decreased from June to July in 22 states and was flat in Kentucky, Idaho, D.C., and Vermont. Ohio lost the largest number of construction jobs for the month (-1,900 jobs, -0.9 percent), followed by South Carolina (-1,500 jobs, -1.5 percent), Florida (-1,400 jobs, -0.2 percent), Missouri (-1,400 jobs, -1.1 percent) and Illinois (-1,100 jobs, -0.9 percent). Other states with a substantial percentage decline for the month included Alaska (-1.8 percent, -300 jobs), South Carolina, West Virginia (-1.40 percent, -700 jobs), and Missouri.

 

Association officials said that with overall unemployment rates at all-time lows in many states, there is a pressing need for Congress and the Trump administration to adequately fund career and technical education programs and enact immigration reforms. These measures would enable schools to more easily establish construction-focused programs. In addition, immigration reform is needed that would allow more people with construction skills to enter the country legally.

 

“Contractors would gladly add even more high-paying middle-class jobs if they could only find more qualified workers to bring on board,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The federal government should do more to build awareness of the opportunities and make it easier to prepare and attract more people into construction. Such steps will provide significant benefits to the broader economy.”

 

View the state employment data by rank and state. View the state employment map.  

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Tell Congress to Pass a Highway & Transit Bill

URGENT ACTION ALERT

Tell your members of Congress to pass a highway and transit reauthorization and increase investment in our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure programs.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Congress has taken a major, first step to ensuring a well-funded surface transportation infrastructure reauthorization is in place before the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act expires on September 30, 2020.

Recently, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works passed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act which dedicates a record $287 billion over five years to federal highway and bridge infrastructure. Although the legislation does not provide a permanent funding fix for the Highway Trust Fund, bipartisan leaders in the Senate are committed to paying for the bill through user fees.

Now is the time for other Senate committees and the House of Representatives to follow the lead of the Environment & Public Works Committee. Tell your members of Congress to act on highway and transit reauthorization and increase investment in our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure programs.

Taking action is easy! Click the "Take Action Now" button or link below then simply submit the pre-written messages as is to your U.S. representative and senators or customize them with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.



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Tell Congress to Act on a Robust Highway & Transit Bill

Congress has taken a major, first step to ensuring a well-funded surface transportation infrastructure reauthorization is in place before the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act expires on September 30, 2020. Tell your federal legislators to act on reauthorization and increase investment in our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure programs.

Recently, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works passed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act which dedicates a record $287 billion over five years to federal highway and bridge infrastructure. Although the legislation does not provide a permanent funding fix for the Highway Trust Fund, bipartisan leaders in the Senate are committed to paying for the bill through user fees.

Now is the time for other Senate committees and the House of Representatives to follow the lead of the Environment & Public Works Committee.

Taking action is easy. Simply submit the pre-written messages as is to your Representative and Senators or customize them with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.

Click here to take action!

News Release from Caddell Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Stephanie Bivins

334.394.0158

stephanie.bivins@caddell.com

 

Caddell Construction Celebrates “Topping Out” of NNSA Albuquerque Complex Facility

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Friday, August 9, 2019 – Caddell Construction joined the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) -Albuquerque District in celebration of the Topping Out of the new NNSA Albuquerque Complex office facility. The new complex is being built on Department of Energy-owned land in New Mexico and will be certified as LEED Gold when finished.

 

“Topping Out” is the tradition of setting the final piece of steel into place and is followed by a celebration for the project team. The event included remarks from Executive Vice President Mac Caddell, along with Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. Lt. Col. Larry (Dale) Caswell, Jr., the Albuquerque District Commander for USACE, also spoke.

 

The new offices will provide a safe, modern, and reliable workspace for approximately 1,200 federal and contract employees who support NNSA’s vital national security missions. “It takes a whole team of talented and passionate professionals to get us this far,” Caddell said. “It is only fitting to pause for a moment and celebrate all of their hard work and dedication.”

 

The project is scheduled for completion in December of 2020, and includes offices, data and fitness centers, secure areas and more. It will be three stories and approximately 334,000 square feet. “We are pushing full-steam ahead for a strong finish,” Caddell declared. “This is an important project for us and for all stakeholders involved. Together, we are building a first-class

facility that will make its mark for decades into the future.”

 

 

Caddell Construction Co. (De), LLC is an international, full-service general contractor for projects in the federal, commercial and industrial/power sectors. With more than $11 billion in projects in 37 countries and every region of the U.S., Caddell is recognized as an international leader in construction safety, quality and schedule performance.

caddell.com

 

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Executive Vice President Mac Caddell speaks at the Topping Out celebration at Caddell Construction’s Albuquerque project for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Photo courtesy of Caddell Construction.

 

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Caddell Construction celebrates setting the final piece of steel into place at a Topping Out celebration at their office complex project for NNSA in Albuquerque, N.M. on August 6, 2019.

Photo courtesy of NNSA.

 

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News Release from Caddell Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Stephanie Bivins

334.394.0158

stephanie.bivins@caddell.com

 

Jaime Andress Tapped to Lead Caddell Construction Human Resources Department

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Friday, August 9, 2019 – Jaime Andress has been promoted to Director of Human Resources at Caddell Construction. She will lead the team that handles hiring, retaining and developing talent for the general contractor’s three corporate office locations.

 

Andress joined Caddell last July as the Training and Development Manager. She immediately went to work streamlining the employee training and development program. She was instrumental in launching a new company-wide learning management system and revamped the employee intranet before being promoted to director.

 

Prior to joining Caddell, Andress most recently worked for 11 years in human resources at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), where she created, developed and facilitated training programs for more than 600 full-time employees. She previously earned an MBA from AUM and holds the distinguished certification of Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR).

 

Andress chose the field of human resources because she has a passion for helping others be their best and really enjoys problem solving. “HR is a way to do both of those things on a daily basis and contribute to the greater success of our team and company as a whole,” she said. “Really, I don’t feel like I chose HR at all; it chose me.”

 

That passion for bringing the best out in people and teams is also what caught the attention of Caddell’s senior leadership. Executive Vice President Mac Caddell said Andress’ talent for bringing people together and putting employees first is exactly what they were looking for in the role. “Jaimie has done an outstanding job with the training and development piece, and she was the ideal choice for taking our HR efforts to the next level,” he said. “We’re expecting great things from her and her team.”

 

As for Andress, she continues to be excited about being part of the Caddell Construction family. “Honestly, the people here are really impressive,” she said. “It’s very easy to be proud of the work we do. Our HR team is amazing, and our employees are really passionate about what they do…and not only that, they’re good at it. That’s my kind of people!”

 

 

Caddell Construction Co. (De), LLC is an international, full-service general contractor for projects in the federal, commercial and industrial/power sectors. With more than $11 billion in projects in 37 countries and every region of the U.S., Caddell is recognized as an international leader in construction safety, quality and schedule performance.

caddell.com

 

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News Release from Caddell Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Stephanie Bivins

334.394.0158

stephanie.bivins@caddell.com

 

Ryan Stanford Promoted to Human Resources Manager at Caddell Construction

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Thursday, August 8, 2019 – Ryan Stanford has been promoted to Human Resources Manager, along with maintaining his role as Corporate EEO Officer.

 

Stanford will have oversight for the team that handles all corporate recruiting efforts, and will continue holding responsibility for all EEO requirements.

 

Stanford joined Caddell in 2014 as Corporate Recruiter and has set a new standard for attracting top-notch talent to the company. In 2018, he took on the additional role of Corporate EEO Officer.

 

“Ryan is always a positive ambassador for Caddell and is absolutely unmatched in his work ethic,” said Executive Vice President Mac Caddell. “He is an excellent example of the Caddell Way of conducting business, and we are looking forward to seeing him further develop our recruitment strategy in his new role.”

 

 

Caddell Construction Co. (De), LLC is an international, full-service general contractor for projects in the federal, commercial and industrial/power sectors. With more than $10 billion in projects in 37 countries and every region of the U.S., Caddell is recognized as an international leader in construction safety, quality and schedule performance.

caddell.com

 

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Reminder of our new AGC of Alabama mobile app - the AGC Connection

The App is available for both iOS and Android users and will serve as AGC of America and Alabama AGC's hub for content, collaboration and events all year round.

Members will have access to dedicated news feeds and forums, a member directory, in-app messaging, one-click event registration and more.

AGC is committed to supporting your business, helping you find new projects and connecting you with information so you can build better. To that end, we believe the AGC Connection can help you and your team be more profitable.

We encourage you to download the app today and get acquainted with the all the features our new app provides. Click less. Experience more.

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3M Issues Immediate Recall of Two Fall Protection Devices, Citing Safety Concerns

Jul 30, 2019

By: Occupational Health & Safety

The corporation issued the recall and stop use before any serious incidents took place due to the faulty equipment.

The worker safety company 3M is asking customers to immediately stop using two devices designed for fall protection after the corporation discovered major issues that “could expose the worker to serious injury or death.”

3M Fall Protection announced the recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifeline last week. The products are part of a personal fall protection system that connects retracting lifelines to the ring of a worker’s harness.

Both products used an energy absorber that, in the event of a fall or other unspecified conditions, may not properly deploy, which could have led to tragic consequences for workers. So far, there have not been reports of accidents or incidents associated with the problem, 3M said in its announcement.

“This stop use/recall does not affect the single-leg versions of these models,” the company said. “As of the date of this notice, no 3M twin-leg SRL product is approved for use over sharp or abrasive edges.”

Customers who own the devices can return them to 3M to be repaired or replaced as soon as a solution is “identified, tested and certified,” the company said. Owners may also elect to receive cash payments as long as there is not a replacement solution available.

If the device was manufactured after January, 1, 2017, the owner will be paid $400. Customers with a manufacturing date before then will receive $200. Users can start filing claims through 3M’s recall website. The site also provides a list of specific product numbers affected by the recall and contact information for customer service agents. If customers are not sure if they own the devices, they can ask the Fall Protection unit for a listing of all models sold to them.

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Link to article on OMS Website

World of Works - Upcoming September 26 & 27 (Video below from 2018)

The second World of Works (WOW) is coming soon to a location near you!

 

WOW is scheduled for September 26 & 27 at North West Shoals Community College. We survived the first WOW, so let’s head to the drawing board to design our interactive displays.

 

I met with North Alabama Works and they said the 8th grade students will visit in smaller groups this year and allowed more time in each of the worlds. That was our main issue last year. See the video below showcasing  the event at Northwest Shoals.

 

Please consider being a part of this year’s World of Works!

Wondering what WOW is all about?

See for yourself in this 1.5 minute video

 Help us spread the word by sharing this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENJRdk3HsMc&feature=youtu.be

The region’s premier hands-on career expo, featuring Alabama business and industry’s top employers and professionals, is coming to a location near you! North AlabamaWorks is bringing Worlds of Work (WOW) to Northwest-Shoals Community College on September 26-27, 2019.

 

Worlds of Work (WOW) is designed to expose youth to high-demand, high-wage, high-skill careers available in northwest Alabama. "Worlds” have been identified as potential career pathways to jobs in our region. Each “world” will provide hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities to create relevant job awareness for the students.

 

Doing Business with the State of Alabama Breakfast and Procurement Expo

Doing Business with the State of Alabama Breakfast and Procurement Expo
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
PriceMemberNon-Member $25.00$25.00
Online registration


Event Description
Doing Business with the State of Alabama Breakfast and Procurement Expo

Finding and gaining new business is an ongoing challenge for all small companies.
One of the most overlooked avenues for business growth is selling to the government,
in particular the State of Alabama.

Featured speaker Governor Kay Ivey is committed to helping small and medium-size businesses grow and at breakfast she will encourage local entrepreneurs and business owners to pursue business with the State.

Following Governor Ivey will be a business development program presented by
Michael Jones, State Purchasing Director.
He will provide critical information that you need to know to do business with the state including:

  • What the state buys

  • Who buys it

  • The buying and selling processes

  • How to get on the state’s bid list and become an approved state vendor

  • Managing your contracts

You will also network directly with representatives from a number of state departments and learn what they buy, who to contact and how the procurement process works.

Confirmed Agencies
Alabama Beverage Control Board
Alabama Career Center
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Alabama Department of Finance
Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Department of Revenue
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Small Business Development Center
Department of Transportation
Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
University of West Alabama - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Service
U. S. Small Business Administration
I-10 Mobility Partners
Mobile River Bridge Group
Mobile Delegation

Invited Agencies
Alabama Banking Department
Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Alabama Department of Human Resources - Alabama Department of Insurance
Alabama Department of Labor - Alabama Department of Medicaid
Alabama Department of the Military
Alabama Department of Senior Services - Alabama Department of Tourism
- Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency - Department of Early Childhood Education
Office of Information Technology

Breakfast and Business Development Program
Battle House Hotel, 26 N. Royal St.
Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 and registration is required by Friday August 2.
Contact: Brenda Rembert at 251-431-8607 or brembert@mobilechamber.com

Procurement Expo: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Reservations are not required for the Expo

Hosted By:
Senator Vivian Davis Figures, District 33
Representative Adline Clarke, District 97
Representative Barbara Drummond, District 103
Representative Margie Wilcox, District 104

LocationThe Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa26 N. Royal StreetMobile AL 36602

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES BY 4,000 IN JULY AND 202,000 OVER THE PAST YEAR AS THE SECTOR’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASES FROM 3.4 TO 3.8 PERCENT

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES BY 4,000 IN JULY AND 202,000 OVER THE PAST YEAR AS THE SECTOR’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASES FROM 3.4 TO 3.8 PERCENT

Average Hourly Earnings in Construction Top Private Sector Average by 9.9 Percent as Construction Firms Continue to Boost Pay to Attract Limited Pool of Available, Qualified Workers

 

Construction employment increased by 4,000 jobs in July and by 202,000, or 2.8 percent, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience rose, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that many firms likely would have added more employees last month if more were available.

 

“Job gains in construction have slowed markedly in recent months but the industry is still increasing employment nearly twice as much as other employers,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The recent slowdown in hiring and construction spending may reflect contractors’ difficulty in finding enough qualified workers, rather than a downturn in demand for projects.”

 

Simonson noted that the 2.8 percent growth in construction employment between July 2018 and July 2019 was the slowest in more than six years but that the rate remained close to double the 1.5 percent increase in total nonfarm payroll employment. The unemployment rate for jobseekers who last worked in construction increased from 3.4 percent in July 2018 to 3.8 percent, but Simonson said that was nevertheless the second-lowest July rate since the series began in 2000.

 

“Despite these recent signs of a slowdown or pause in construction hiring, contractors still say it is very difficult to find qualified workers, and the latest government data on construction job openings showed they set yet another record high in May,” Simonson commented. “Contractors in all parts of the nation remain busy and are not reporting that owners are canceling or delaying project starts, which would be a more convincing sign of a downturn.”

 

Average hourly earnings in construction—a measure of all wages and salaries—increased 2.8 percent over the year to $30.75. That figure was 9.9 percent higher than the private-sector average of $27.98, the association official noted.

 

Association officials noted that construction firms continue to boost pay and other benefits as they work to recruit more people into the industry. They added that most firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire, which is likely holding back broader employment gains in the sector. They urged Congress to pass measures to boost career and technical education and make students studying construction in community and technical colleges eligible for federal Pell Grants.

 

“Other than construction careers, few other jobs in today’s economy pay as well without requiring workers to pay for a costly college education,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Washington can help put more young adults into high-paying construction careers by boosting funding for career and technical education and treating collegiate construction programs the same as other fields of study.” 

 

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Attached Press Release

August "Asks": Workforce, Immigration, Infrastructure

AGC Membership,

By the end of the day, both chambers of Congress will be on recess until September 9. With U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators at home in your areas, you may have an opportunity to engage them on the top issues facing the industry, including Workforce Development, Immigration and Federal Highway & Transit Infrastructure Reauthorization.  Please see the information below to see if your Representatives and Senators have cosponsored AGC-backed, priority legislation on these issues.

In addition, please find attached one-pagers for your use on all of these issues as well as AGCA’s complete recommendations for the Federal Highway & Transit Reauthorization. If you would like hard copies of AGCA’s complete recommendations mailed to your Chapter, we are happy to do so. In addition to using the complete recommendations document for advocacy purposes, some Chapters have used them as membership recruitment tools.  

 

Also, in conjunction with AGCA’s annual workforce survey release in late August/early September, we will be highlighting the bipartisan JOBS Act—which would expand federal student financial aid eligibility (i.e., Pell Grants) to short-term career education programs/certifications—as a part of a “Back-to-School” time message tie into the industry’s workforce needs

 

As always, thanks for all that you do. –Jimmy

 

  • Workforce Development: Expand Pell Grants to Construction

    • LEGISLATIVE ASK

§ FOR HOUSE & SENATE: Cosponsor the JOBS Act (H.R. 3497/S. 839)

    • Existing Sponsors & Cosponsors of H.R. 3497/S. 839

§ HOUSE: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3497/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+3497%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=3

§ SENATE: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/839/cosponsors

 

  • Immigration: Create New Guest Worker Visa Program for Construction

    • LEGISLATIVE ASK

§ FOR HOUSE: Cosponsor the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740)

§ FOR SENATE: Introduce Companion Bill to Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740)

    • Existing House Sponsors & Cosponsors of H.R. 1740:

§ https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1740/cosponsors

 

  • Federal Highway & Transit Infrastructure Reauthorization:

    • LEGISLATIVE ASK

§ FOR HOUSE: Follow the Senate’s lead and move a federal highway and transit reauthorization now.

§ FOR SENATE: Pay for and pass America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302)

 

AGCA Immigration Guest Worker One Pager

19 AGC’s FAST Act Reauthorization Recommendations

AGCA Reauthorization Recs One-Pager

AGCA JOBS Act Workforce One Pager

Press Release: CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 253 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM JUNE 2018 TO JUNE 2019 AS LABOR SHORTAGES LIKELY HELD BACK MORE HIRING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

 

 

CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org


CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 253 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM JUNE 2018 TO JUNE 2019 AS LABOR SHORTAGES LIKELY HELD BACK MORE HIRING

 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. and Auburn-Opelika, Ala. Have Largest Gains While Baton Rouge, La. and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. Have Biggest Losses as Association Calls for Measures to Recruit Workers

 

Construction employment grew in 253, or 71 percent, out of 358 metro areas between June 2018 and June 2019, declined in 61 and was unchanged in 44, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the employment gains would likely have been stronger if firms could find more qualified workers to hire.

 

“Demand for construction remains robust in most metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But, with record job openings in construction and the lowest overall unemployment rate since 1969, it is likely even more metros would be adding construction workers if there were enough qualified jobseekers available.”

 

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (13,200 jobs, 11 percent). Other metro areas adding a large amount of construction jobs during the past 12 months include Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (11,400 jobs, 8 percent); Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (8,800 jobs, 6 percent); Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (8,000 jobs, 6 percent); and Nassau County-Suffolk County N.Y. (7,600 jobs, 9 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Auburn-Opelika, Ala. (24 percent, 600 jobs) followed by Pocatello, Idaho (18 percent, 300 jobs); Camden, N.J. (17 percent, 4,000 jobs); Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. (16 percent, 2,400 jobs); Toledo, Ohio (14 percent, 2,100 jobs) and Monroe, Mich. (14 percent, 300 jobs).

 

The largest job losses between June 2018 and June 2019 occurred in Baton Rouge, La. (-5,400 jobs, -9 percent), followed by Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill. (-2,500 jobs, -2 percent); Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C. (-2,400 jobs, -4 percent); Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn. (-1,600 jobs, -8 percent) and Longview, Texas (-1,500 jobs, -10 percent). The largest percentage decrease took place in Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-15 percent, -1,000 jobs) followed by Longview; Baton Rouge; Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford and Ithaca, N.Y. (-8 percent, -100 jobs).

 

Association officials said that one of the biggest challenges facing many construction firms is the lack of available, qualified workers to hire. Part of the problem is that the nation’s higher education system does not place career and technical education on an equal footing with traditional college education. For example, federal Pell grants cannot be used for construction-focused training programs offered by community and technical colleges. They called on Congress and the administration to pass the bipartisan JOBS Act, which would remedy this Pell grant problem.

 

“It’s time to reverse the federal funding bias against career and technical education and allow students interested in vocational education to have the same opportunities available to students attending four-year colleges,” Sandherr said. “Creating a level playing field will help introduce more young adults to the many opportunities that await in the construction industry.”

 

View the metro employment data, rankings, top 10, history and map.

 

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Senate FAST Act Reauthorization Bill Introduced

Today, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Democrat Tom Carper (D-DE), Highway Subcommittee Chair Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Subcommittee Ranking member Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 to reauthorize FAST Act programs. ATIA is a 5 year bill with funding levels of $287 billion (a 27% increase over current levels).  Of that total,  $259 billion (90%) will be distributed through formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges. There are some new programs that they will be created and a few of those programs will be funded through HTF dollars including electric vehicle/alternative fuel infrastructure.  There will also be a resiliency/climate component and streamlining provisions. 

 

Barrasso and Carper have said they intend for the bill to be paid for through user fees and will work with the Finance Committee Chairman to get it done. Publicly they are not saying what those fees are but privately they are gauging support for increasing the gas tax to inflation, a commercial truck VMT, and an annual registration fee on electric and alternative fuel vehicles. 

 

The bill will be marked up by the EPW Committee tomorrow and should be favorably reported out. This is only the highway portion of the reauthorization effort. Transit funding and issues are address by the Banking Committee, the Commerce Committee handles trucking issues and the revenue portion will be handled by the Finance Committee. All of these portions will be part of the final legislation.

 

AGC is currently evaluating what is in the introduced bill. Please keep in mind that a Manager’s amendment will be adopted in the markup tomorrow and additional free standing amendments will also be considered. This Is an important first step in the process to reauthorize the FAST Act before it expires on September 30, 2020.

 

AGC is issuing a statement in support of this effort and will also be sending letters in support. We will let you know what you can also do to support this initiative.

 

Dunn Building Co - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release 

Birmingham, AL – July 24, 2019 – Dunn Building Company recently acquired the Central Alabama Fabricators facility in Columbiana, AL. Along with this purchase, major equipment assets were acquired as well. The new 35,000 square foot facility will operate as “Dunn Fabricators”. With the purchase of a new CNC beam line, Dunn Fabricators will now target sales of miscellaneous steel and small structural packages for third party customers and other contractors. Dunn will relocate all existing equipment from its Calera fabrication facility as well. The new facility will employ a full team of welders, fitters and trained CNC operators, as well as in-house detailers and modelers. Dunn Fabricators will begin operations in Columbiana later in 2019. 

www.dunnbuildingcompany.com

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AGC needs your help to measure the scope of construction labor shortages by taking a quick survey

The survey will close by the middle of August. 

As demand for construction in most parts of the country continues to expand and the number of unemployed construction workers hits record low levels, AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we are promoting to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. The more members who take the survey, the better able we all will be to describe labor market conditions where you operate.

Triage Can Help Reduce Your EMR & Claims Up To 50%

Triage & How Can It Help My Company?

CompTrustAGC is rolling out its new Triage program – a tool designed for our members to prevent potential claims from impacting a company’s EMR. This tool, offered by few other insurance companies, is exclusive to CompTrustAGC members, and is only available to those members who enroll for Triage services.

Join us for this brief Lunch & Learn on Triage -- CompTrustAGC’s newest tool to control premium costs and the EMR.

SAVE THE DATES:

North Section Introduction to Triage: Wednesday, July 31st 8:30AM-9:30AM

Shoals Introduction to Triage: Wednesday, July 31st 12:00PM-1:00PM

Birmingham Introduction to Triage: Thursday, August 1st 12:00PM-1:00PM

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