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AGC Offers Insight into 2013 Construction Outlook

Significantly more construction firms are planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff, while demand for many types of private sector construction projects should increase this year, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey, conducted as part of Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, provides a generally optimistic outlook for the year even as firms worry about rising costs and declining public sector demand for construction.

Heery International Names Rich Driggs Director of Construction Management

RichDriggs RATLANTA, Ga. – Rich Driggs has been named national director of Construction Management and Design-Build at Heery International.  He is replacing Lin Redden, who is retiring after a 40-year construction career, the last 20 years of which have been at Heery.  

AEM Names Charlie O’Brien as Senior Vice President

OBrien Charlie Jan2007 RThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers has named Charlie O’Brien as senior vice president in recognition of his expanded leadership responsibilities for the association. These include activities under AEM’s new strategic plan, initiated in 2012, to better serve all members’ current and future business-development needs.

Construction Employment Declines, New York Areas Suffer Losses from Sandy

Construction employment declined in 151 out of 337 metropolitan areas between November 2011 and November 2012, increased in 126 and was stagnant in 60, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that metro areas in New York and New Jersey in particular experienced significant construction declines in the first full month after Hurricane Sandy.

Build Your Future Campaign Launches Craft Labor Map

As part of its efforts to narrow the skills gap in the construction industry, the Build Your Future campaign recently launched an interactive Craft Labor Map. The goal of this new resource is to provide industry recruits and craft professionals with a forecast of the labor demand in industrial and commercial construction. The map can be viewed at http://byf.org/craft-labor-map.

Using data voluntarily provided by owners, contractors and unions by the Construction Labor Market Analyzer, BYF's Craft Labor Map provides users a craft-by-craft breakdown of the expected demand for craft professionals in each state for the next three years. This data is updated quarterly to ensure that the most accurate and reliable data is available.

Louis Jenny Joins Design-Build Institute of America

Louis J. Jenny has assumed the position of vice-president of Advocacy and Outreach with Design-Build Institute of America. In this role he will strengthen the organization as the preeminent resource for leadership, education and objective expertise in the integrated delivery of capital projects.

Construction Sector Adds 30,000 Jobs Between November and December

Construction employers added 30,000 jobs in December while the industry's unemployment rate hit 13.5 percent, according to an analysis of new federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the monthly increase was the largest in nearly two years, driven primarily by increases in private sector demand for construction.

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