Construction Jobs Increase on Growing Residential, Public Works Demand

Thirty-four states added construction jobs between November 2015 and November 2016 while construction employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia during the past month, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said even as firms in many starts are adding jobs amid growing residential and public sector construction investments, the number of states adding construction jobs for the year has declined compared to a year ago.

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CalPortland Constructing Industry's First Burrowing Owl Habitat

CalPortland said it is now “perched” as the rock products industry’s first company to safely construct a burrowing owl habitat within one of its mining sites. The habitat is designed to support the burrowing owls in a safe, comfortable, environmentally efficient manner.

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WIIN Act Allots Funds for Water Infrastructure Projects

The Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act or WRDA, cleared the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78 to 21 after passing the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The bipartisan bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

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Housing Starts Fall Back in November

After surging more than 27 percent and reaching the fastest pace in nine years during October, housing starts in November fell back, according to the Commerce Department. Housing starts plummeted by 18.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.090 million from the revised October estimate of 1.340 million. Economists had expected housing starts to dip to a rate of 1.230 million from the 1.323 million originally reported for the previous month.

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Construction Spending Ticks Upward

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during October 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,172.6 billion, 0.5 percent (±1.5 percent) above the revised September estimate of $1,166.5 billion. The October figure is 3.4 percent (±1.8 percent) above the October 2015 estimate of $1,134.4 billion.

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