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AGC States Skilled Construction Workers are in Demand

Construction employment increased in 145 out of 339 metropolitan areas between January 2012 and January 2013, declined in 141 and was stagnant in 53, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that after years of declining construction, employment contractors in some metro areas are beginning to worry about the availability of skilled workers now that they have resumed hiring.

Growth in Construction Activity, Equipment and Material Price Increases Boosts Construction Costs

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Turner Construction Company announced that the First Quarter 2013 Turner Building Cost Index – which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States – has increased to a value of 849. This reflects a 1.19 percent increase from the fourth quarter 2012 and a 3.41 percent increase from the first quarter 2012.

National Contractors Group Names Opp Construction 2012 Safest Construction Co.

Opp Construction of Grand Forks, N.D. was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2012 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The association, which oversees the Willis-sponsored Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted that 51 other companies were selected as winners for the quality of their safety programs.

OSHA Partners with VCC to Promote Construction Safety During Bass Pro Shop Project in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Better health and safety for construction workers during the Bass Pro Shop project in Little Rock is the goal of a new partnership formed between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and VCC LLC.

"This partnership affirms a shared commitment toward providing a safer work environment on this project," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock. "This agreement will help to ensure that goal is accomplished."

AGC Reports on December to January Construction Employment Data

Construction employment expanded in two-thirds of all states in January as the industry showed signs of emerging from a six-year slump, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials cautioned, however, that the industry's recovery remains fragile and that current and looming federal budget cuts threaten to drag down construction employment in numerous states.

HITT Contracting Inc. Repositions Tysons Metro Center I

Tysons Metro Center1 patioFALLS CHURCH, Va. – HITT Contracting Inc. has recently completed the repositioning of Tysons Metro Center I at 8251 Greensboro Drive in McLean, Va., formerly known as the Edmund James One building. Beacon Capital Partners called on HITT to bring its quality-first, value-added construction approach to this $5-million full-building retrofit, and HITT delivered.

Construction Materials Prices Increase in February

Prices for construction materials jumped in February, driven by extreme increases in items used in new housing and nonresidential building renovations, according to an analysis of new federal figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the increased materials prices are hitting contractors struggling to recover from a years-long downturn in construction demand.

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