Great news on job creation last week was offset somewhat by surprising employment losses in construction. While the national economy added 165,000 jobs, construction was actually down 6,000 jobs in April. That’s the first time since October 2012 that construction saw a decline in new jobs.
Dow Jones reports that blame for April’s construction industry stumble should be left on the government’s doorstep. With various budgetary cuts at the Federal level attributed to the Sequester, funding reductions are now making their way to the state level, and adversely affecting local infrastructure projects.
The 14th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week April is this week, April 15th through 19th. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the week aims to raise awareness of work zone safety issues, for workers and motorists alike. The FHWA has a library of useful information regarding work zone safety. Below is a list of a few of the most common dangers and what you can do to prevent them.
Primary Work Zone Dangers
Confused or distracted motorists traveling in work areas (Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions.)
Construction added 18,000 jobs last month, driving industry unemployment down to 14.7 percent according to the recently released Jobs Report. It was the 10th consecutive month of increases in construction jobs, and a three-year national high.
Analysts for the Associated General Contractors of America maintain a tempered optimism however, as strong growth in the residential and non-residential sectors is contrasted by flat or falling trends in public works construction. Officials noted that, for policy makers to benefit, they must focus on improving infrastructure for the entire construction industry.
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You don’t have to look far to find contradicting reports on the current and future state of construction. On their own, the numbers usually speak for themselves. Putting them together for a clear view of the industry and where it’s headed is the challenge.
The Department of Energy, the EPA, and the U.S. military are among the federal and construction programs now feeling the effects of the Sequester’s $4 billion in mandatory budget cuts that began on March 1st, according to recent article on ENR.com.
Hardest hit by the cuts are the states still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, with the $50 billion already approved by Congress for natural disaster relief earmarked for reduction. Specifically, New York, Continue reading →
236,000 jobs were added in the U.S last month driving the jobless rate to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008, according to a Friday March 8 report from the Labor Department.
Construction led the way with 48,000 new jobs, the single largest gain since March 2007, as reported by Reuters. The report is a good indicator that low January numbers could be indicative of Fiscal Cliff and Sequester fears. As industry experts continue to gauge the impact of changing federal policies and the soaring stock market, it seems, at least for now, that construction is on track for a positive 2013.