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Trump Taps Chao for Transportation Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department. Chao is a former U.S. deputy transportation secretary who currently sits on the board of Vulcan Materials Co. Chao, the wife of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, served as labor secretary under President George W. Bush and was the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet position. 

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Cemex Custom Apps Designed for Best Customer Experience

Cemex plans an early-2017 release of custom apps designed in collaboration with IBM iX (Interactive Experience), creating the “best mobile-led customer experience in the building materials supply industry.” 

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Public-Sector Construction Needs Investment; Qualified Workers

Only 23 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between September and October while construction employment increased in 35 states between October 2015 and October 2016, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said declining public-sector investments in infrastructure and other public projects were undermining construction employment growth in many parts of the country.

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Housing Starts Jump 25.5 Percent in October

Led by impressive gains in both single-family and multifamily production, nationwide housing starts surged 25.5 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family starts reached their highest level since October 2007 while multifamily production jumped 68.8 percent from the previous month.

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