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Construction Unemployment Falls to Lowest September Mark in 15 Years
The number of unemployed workers with construction experience dropped to the lowest total for September since 2000, as hiring continued to slow despite robust demand for construction, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.
October 7, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

Pleased with initial drone bridge inspections, Minnesota DOT plans to push aircraft's capabilities further
Drones could become the primary method for bridge inspections for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
October 5, 2015 – Equipment World

Construction Spending Hits Highest Level Since 2008, Fastest Growth Since 2006
Construction spending in August reached a seven-year high and climbed at the fastest rate since 2006, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
October 2, 2015 – Construction Equipment

Residential Construction Spending Up in August
NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for August continued to increase, rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $390 billion.
October 2, 2015 –

Caltrans to receive $2 million in emergency relief funds for wildfire damage to roads and bridges
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has made available $2 million to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for road and bridge repairs required after damage from recent wildfires in the northern part of the state.
September 25, 2015 – Equipment World

Arkansas Leads States in Year-Over-Year Construction Employment Growth
Regional data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that states in the West and Southeast are experiencing relatively faster growth rates for construction employment.
September 18, 2015 –

ICSA meeting promotes crane safety
Earlier this month, 20 organisations from seven countries participated in the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly's (ICSA) annual meeting in Burswood, Western Australia.
September 17, 2015 – Heavy Lift

Economists hail construction as strongest sector of U.S. economy
With construction spending at a 7-year high, single-family home starts up 19 percent year over year, and hiring at pre-recession highs despite a widespread shortage of skilled workers, it's no secret within the industry that things have picked back up and then some.
September 16, 2015 – Equipment World

Number of construction firms reporting shortage of skilled workers rises to 86%
The construction industry's shortage of skilled workers has only gotten worse in the last year, according to the latest national survey of firms conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America.
September 15, 2015 – Equipment World

USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Monday it is providing up to $42 million for next-generation technology for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to New York City, Wyoming and Tampa, Florida as part of the department's Connected Vehicle Pilot deployment program.
September 15, 2015 – Equipment World

Nonresidential Construction Spending Growth Could Exceed 20% in 2015
According to the Gilbane Summer 2015 Construction Economics Report, nonresidential building spending could exceed 20% in 2015.
September 15, 2015 –

Army Corps Chief's Report signs off on Charleston Harbor deepening project
The Army Corps of Engineers has given its official stamp of approval to deepening Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.
September 14, 2015 – Charleston Regional Business Journal

Judge Tosses Most of Challenge to Use of Ohio Turnpike Money
Most of the claims in a lawsuit challenging Ohio's 2013 decision to use $930 million in Ohio Turnpike tolls to fund non-turnpike highway and construction projects have been thrown out by a federal judge.
September 12, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

Dodge Momentum Index improves in August
The Dodge Momentum Index, a monthly measure of the first report for nonresidential building projects in planning, increased to 128.3 in August, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
September 11, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

With state's bridges in "critical need of attention," Missouri DOT approved for $100 million in extra funding
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) has approved $100 million in additional funds for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to use in bridge and road repair efforts, according to a report by ABC 17 News.
September 11, 2015 – Equipment World

Texas governor signs infrastructure agreement with Mexico
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a transportation agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States aimed at promoting and increasing bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.
September 9, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Report quantifies transportation projects' effects on economy
An American Road & Transportation Builders Association report (ARTBA) finds that the money invested in transportation construction industry employment and purchases generates nearly $510 billion in annual U.S. economic activity.
September 9, 2015 – Pit & Quarry

US Construction Backlog Edges Higher on Nonresidential Strength
Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) expanded by 1% to 8.5 months during the 2nd quarter of 2015. Backlog declined 3% during the 1st quarter, which was punctuated by harsh winter weather and the lingering effects of the West Coast ports slowdown.
September 9, 2015 –

Report estimates nearly 400,000 highway construction and maintenance job openings to be created between 2012 and 2022
A joint transportation jobs report released by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education estimates 388,904 highway construction and maintenance job openings will be created between 2012 and 2022, with the majority being for semi-skilled and highly skilled workers.
August 28, 2015 – Better Roads

Five-year outlook for US construction industry looks brighter
According to a new report by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center (CIC), the US construction industry is set to pick up over the next five years.
August 27, 2015 – World Highways

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