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Common Ground Alliance Launches Online Utility Damage Prevention Technology Database

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Common Ground Alliance, the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, announced the launch of a new comprehensive online utility damage prevention technology information source called VAULT. The database, which can be accessed at www.cga-vault.com, can be used to identify technologies that help reduce damages to the more than 100 billion feet of underground facilities in the United States.

AGC Reports on June Construction Highlights

Equal numbers of states gained and lost construction jobs in June, highlighting the fragmentary nature of the industry’s recovery, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials added that, despite the fact most states added jobs year-over-year, construction employment levels are below peak levels for nearly every state.

Construction Unemployment Falls, Lowest June Level in Five Years

The unemployment rate for construction workers fell below double digits in June for the first time since 2008 as every segment of the industry added employees, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the relatively positive jobs report for the sector highlights the need to address potential shortages of skilled and entry-level workers.

Gilbane to Provide Construction Management for High School Consolidation

GLASTONBURY, Conn. – Gilbane Building Company has been selected to provide construction management-at-risk services to the town of Enfield, Conn., for the consolidation of the town’s two existing high schools, Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School.

NCCER Congratulates 2013 SkillsUSA Competition Winners

ALACHUA, Fla. -- The winners of the SkillsUSA Carpentry and Masonry competitions were announced at the awards ceremony for the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.  Nearly 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands on competition in 98 different craft, technical and leadership fields.

Construction Spending Level Climbs in May

Total construction spending climbed modestly in May as growth in residential and public construction offset a drop in private nonresidential activity, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials predicted that spending would remain uneven through the second half of 2013.

Construction Employment, Job Growth Increase

Construction employment increased in 185 out of 339 metropolitan areas between May 2012 and May 2013, declined in 115 and was stagnant in 39, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the number of metro areas adding jobs, and the pace at which construction employment is expanding in those metro areas continues to grow.

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