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Construction Job Openings Reaching Five-Year Highs
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. employers in June advertised the most jobs in five years. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 29,000 in June from May to 3.94 million. That's the most since May 2008. Openings for construction jobs up and the industry's unemployment is at its lowest since summer 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. CONTINUE READING AT SEATTLE TIMESmore
Booming Construction Regions Seek To Bridge Labor Gap
By: CareerCast.com
The fastest growing markets for construction jobs in the United States and construction companies say they are struggling with a shortage of qualified workers as the industry rebounds from the Great Recession. Consider Western Michigan. Ottawa County is the nation’s 19th fastest growing labor market for construction jobs with a 13 percent growth rate in the past 12 months, according to statistics gathered by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The four-county Grand Rapids-Wyoming area is tied with Flint as the nation’s 22nd fastest growing market for construction jobs with a 12 percent growth rate. In Ottawa County, contractors ... more
Construction Hiring Rebound Spread Nationwide in 2015
By: CareerCast.com
The remarkable employment improvements seen in the construction industry during 2015 weren't limited to just a few pockets of the United States, per the Associated General Contractors of America . The organization issued its findings for 2015, reporting growth in construction hiring in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C. An even distribution of new jobs suggests “Considering the fact construction employment is expanding in most parts of the country, it is easy to understand why many contractors are optimistic about 2016,” Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the association said in a statement. 2016 forecasts are indeed positive ... more
Residential Construction Growth Means More Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
Construction workers seeking job opportunities have the best odds in the residential sector. Though still lagging behind national unemployment averages, construction employment outlook is creeping upward due to home sales. Housing numbers improved markedly in September, with new home sales improving 5.7%. The 27% increase during the past year brings the United States to a high not seen since the recession deepened in 2009. Housing sales jumped along with a 14.4% increase in home building. Since peaking in 2006, residential home building was on a six-year decline. This upswing is a needed positive for the struggling construction industry. Permits for ... more
New Building Trends Vary, But Indicators Are Positive
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. developers broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in July. The Commerce Department suggests that home building is maintaining its recovery but might be starting to feel the effects of higher mortgage rates. Builders began work on houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 in July 2013. Construction began on 26 percent more apartments but 2.2 percent fewer single-family houses. Overall housing starts remain below the 1.5 million-a-year rate that’s consistent with a healthy market. Builders broke ground on 15 percent more single-family homes in July than a year earlier. And including apartments, ... more
Construction hiring has improved dramatically.
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the construction sector accounted for 48,000 of the more than 250,000 jobs added to the American economy in December 2014. The construction industry is still behind pre-recession employment numbers, but hiring growth throughout 2014 saw the sector at more than 6 million employed workers for the first time in over five years. The upward trajectory is expected to continue into 2015, especially for construction workers in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times reports construction hiring in Seattle-King County increased 5.3%, with more improvements to come. Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports Oregon employment reached a ... more
Working to Improve Construction Workplace Safety
By: CareerCast.com
Construction employers, in association with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), are dedicating the first week of May to workplace safety training. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down campaign is designed to increase awareness and preventative training on construction sites. OSHA reports in 2014, there were 345 fatalities on construction workplaces caused by falls. While the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down dedicates a week to the cause of safety, employers can place year-round emphasis on safety. The CareerCast Construction Network database features jobs focused on safety in the construction industry.more