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MSHA Report

Update from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) completed a major upgrade to its primary data system – the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) – bringing increased functionality and more intuitive navigation to this widely used feature.

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Review of Road Conditions

The Nation Is Falling Behind When It Comes to the Condition of Our Roads.

Between 2009 and 2017, the percentage of the roads nationwide in poor condition increased from 14 to 20%. The percentage of roads in “good condition” increased only slightly: from 36 to 38% over that eight-year period.

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Economic Update

The Market Is Sending Mixed Signals at the Mid-Way Point in the 2019 Construction Season.

Through the first five months of 2019, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $295.0 billion, down 9% from the same period a year ago, according to according to Dodge Data & Analytics. On a 12-month moving total basis, total construction starts for the 12 months ending May 2019 were 2% below the amount reported for the 12 months ending May 2018.

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Equipment Update

A Big-Picture Look at Issues in the Equipment Market.

After two consecutive years of solid growth, equipment and software investment growth is likely to slow in 2019 to 3.9%, down from 4.5% in the second quarter, according to the third-quarter update to the 2019 Equipment Leasing & Finance “U.S. Economic Outlook” released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation.

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