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Construction Spending Increases in Between November 2012, 2013

Total construction spending increased between October and November and for the year amid growing private-sector demand, according to an analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted, however, that the spending levels were held back by declining public sector investments for both the month and the year.

AGC Reports on Construction Employment Increase, Prior Peaks

Construction employment expanded in 211 metro areas, declined in 67 and was stagnant in 61 between November 2012 and November 2013, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials said the employment gains were encouraging, but cautioned that future gains were dependent on continued economic growth and new investments in aging domestic infrastructure.

Construction Employment Increases, Trends Highlight Fragility

Construction firms added jobs in 39 states over the past 12 months, while employment nearly stabilized in the remainder, according to an analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials cautioned that the industry’s recovery was still relatively fragile, noting that a number of states experiencing large annual gains lost jobs during the past month.

McCarthy, Mercy Celebrate Mercy Hospital Joplin Construction Milestone

MercyJoplinConstructionAerialJOPLIN, Mo. -- Less than two years after breaking ground on the 875,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin for Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Mercy are celebrating the substantial completion of the building enclosure.  A ceremony held recently recognized schedule milestone achievements, quality and safety. The 260-plus private room hospital will replace the former St. John's Mercy Regional Medical Center demolished in the May 22, 2011, EF-5 tornado--the deadliest tornado in Missouri and the U.S. since 1947 directly hit the hospital. 

Gilbane’s Winter Construction Industry Economic Report Shows Rapid Escalation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Gilbane Building Company published the Winter 2013 edition of Construction Economics – Market Conditions in Construction. Based on an array of economic data, construction starts and material cost trends, this free report predicts greater rate of growth activity than 2013, which allows passing along inflationary labor and material costs. Margins regained a positive footing in 2102 and extended those gains in 2013.

Brasfield & Gorrie Begins Work on New $20M Medical School at Auburn University Research Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Brasfield & Gorrie recently announced the start of construction on a new facility to house programs from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.

OSHA Renews Alliance with Scaffold and Access Industry Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. --The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed its alliance with the Scaffold and Access Industry Association to provide information and training to protect the safety and health of workers who use scaffolds and lift equipment. Through the alliance, OSHA and SAIA will work to reduce and prevent fall and caught-in-between hazards and issues related to frame, mast climbing and suspended scaffolds and aerial lift equipment.

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