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Construction Jobs Weathering Winter Flurry Points To Sunny Spring Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
Cold weather can have negative implications for construction employment, and this winter has been especially cold for much of the Midwest and Eastern United States. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that construction hiring nationwide increased in February 2015. That's the 14th consecutive month of growth in an industry hit especially hard by the economic recession of 2008. And, continuing the upward trend amid less than ideal circumstances during a cold winter points to even more gains in the spring and summer. The construction industry saw its most substantial hiring gains in 2014 between March and May. ... more
Gen Y Construction Jobs in the Housing Recovery
By: CareerCast.com
Builders who worry about the trickle of younger adults coming into the housing industry need to do a better job of convincing high school and college students that residential development and construction are offering employment opportunities again after several years of deep layoffs and business failures among home-building companies. That’s even true for students enrolled in secondary and collegiate construction management programs—presumably where the next generation of leaders for the housing sector should be emerging. A good number of these students still gravitate toward careers in commercial or industrial architecture and construction, because that’s where the economy and the media ... more
Construction Industry Vows to Hire 100,000 Veterans
By: CareerCast.com
One hundred construction companies and associations have pledge to hire 100,000 veterans by 2019, answering a call from first lady Michelle Obama to employ vets to "send a clear message that we honor those who've sacrificed for us." A recent announcement sponsored by the Labor Department and Joining Forces rallying support for construction hiring of veterans marks the first time an entire industry has pledged to ensure that former military personnel will be considered when hiring new employees, the story said. “By hiring veterans, businesses won't just be giving American heroes the chances they deserve to keep serving our country,” ... more
As Construction Hiring Improves, Nature Of Jobs Change
By: CareerCast.com
As Florida’s housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights. “I couldn’t afford to sit at home for a month here and a month there,” said Rager, 53. Now Rager is back in construction, working with a crew on a custom-built home in Orlando, framing walls “and doing a little bit of everything.” In the past four years, hundreds of thousands of workers have returned to construction, making it among ... more
Construction Industry Is Strengthening
By: CareerCast.com
Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a leading provider of payroll services, has released its February employment report, a report that it creates each month in association with Moody’s Analytics. According to their calculations, the national economy added 198,000 jobs (from nonfarm private employers) in February 2013. January’s job totals were also revised upward by 23,000 jobs, from 192,000 jobs added to 215,000. ADP and Moody’s report doesn’t break down the data in as detailed a way as does the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly report (due to be released Friday, March 8), so the analogous ... more
Infrastructure Hiring Can Have Important Economic Impact
By: CareerCast.com
The economic argument that government can create construction jobs quickly by investing in infrastructure doesn’t begin to capture the employment benefits of infrastructure, a new Brookings Institution study reports. Most of the jobs created by infrastructure investment in the nation are held by people who operate infrastructure systems and facilities. Brookings found that laborers and freight, stock and materials handlers and movers accounted for 3,740 infrastructure jobs in the Albuquerque area. More than 5,500 workers drove trucks and delivery service vehicles. Thousands more operated buses, taxis and other transportation service equipment. “By limiting infrastructure employment to construction alone, and viewing ... more
Construction's Wave Of The Future
By: CareerCast.com
As the economy improves, often the construction business does as well—but that industry is still looking for sound strategies, not just structures. After the housing dip of a few years ago, value is still on people’s minds as there isn’t a guarantee that another downturn couldn’t be around the corner. Mike Miller, the Mid-Atlantic Division leader for Southland Industries, Dulles, VA, a mechanical engineering building firm, and Jim Snyder, director of operations for construction company Warrior Group, Columbus, OH, give us insights into the trends to look for this year. READ MORE AT ASMEmore
Dealing with Difficult Construction Job Managers
By: CareerCast.com
The quickest way for anyone to end up resenting their job is having an overbearing, micromanaging, in-your-face boss. No matter how much they might enjoy the satisfaction of their construction job, if they have a difficult job manager, it has the ability to completely strip away the worker's desire to drive into work in the morning. Difficult managers are apparent in every work force, but when it comes to heavy machinery, strenuous lifting and difficult tasks, the last thing a construction worker wants to deal with is someone barking orders continually at them; all while the worker is attempting to ... more
Housing Rebound Likely With Building Permits Rising
By: CareerCast.com
Builders began work on more houses in February and permits for future construction climbed to the highest level in almost five years, pointing to a sustained rebound that will help power the U.S. expansion. Housing starts climbed by 0.8 percent last month to a 917,000 annualized pace, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. Permits rose 4.6 percent to a 946,000 rate, the most since June 2008. Advances in residential construction will probably give an even bigger boost to growth this year than in 2012, when it contributed for the first time in seven years. The gains are rippling through ... more
Cleveland A Region Seeing Construction Jobs Growth in Recession Recovery
By: CareerCast.com
Development occurring across Northeast Ohio, where the recession's deep freeze left empty lots in housing developments and half-finished building skeletons in shopping centers. Today, downtown Cleveland is booming with new hotels, an Ameritrust rotunda in the process of being revitalized and the first office tower in decades. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, construction employment in Greater Cleveland last September was still 16 percent below the pre-recession rate. Nevertheless, Joel Elvery, a Federal Reserve economist, is cautiously optimistic. "A lot of (commercial) projects were put on hold during the recession because they couldn't get financing," Elvery said. "Now ... more