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Obama, Biden announce $600 million initiative to close skills gap through job training and apprenticeships

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2014

Obama, Biden announce $600 million initiative to close skills gap through job training and apprenticeships

Today, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced a $600 million initiative that seeks to equip more workers with the skills needed to fill thousands of open but ...

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North Dakota oil boom causes huge demand for construction workers, hiring difficulty for South Dakota contractors

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2014

North Dakota oil boom causes huge demand for construction workers, hiring difficulty for South Dakota contractors

The oil boom that has pulled in construction workers and contractors from across the country to the sparsely-populated state of North Dakota has led to a building boom that now ...

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Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 08, 2014

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

We received quite a response from a couple of recent editorials, "The newbie's guide to surviving your first week in construction," and "The six habits of highly successful construction company ...

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Texas high school teaches students about construction with access to its own jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 08, 2014

Texas high school teaches students about construction with access to its own jobsite

Highlands High School in San Antonio, Texas is turning progress into a teaching moment. The school is currently undergoing a $65.7 million renovation which involved several of its buildings to be ...

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Alabama backs dual enrollment for high school students to boost skilled workforce

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2014

Alabama backs dual enrollment for high school students to boost skilled workforce

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley recently detailed a plan he hopes will increase the number of skilled workers in the state by allowing high school students to learn a trade before ...

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Rise in unemployment snapped as construction industry adds 19,000 jobs in March

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 04, 2014

Rise in unemployment snapped as construction industry adds 19,000 jobs in March

The U.S. construction industry added 19,000 jobs in March, the third straight month of gains and a welcome sign as demand continues to grow. March's gains bring the total number of ...

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VIDEO: Mike Rowe’s “I am a Woodshop” supports protesting students whose building trades class was cut

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 02, 2014

VIDEO: Mike Rowe’s “I am a Woodshop” supports protesting students whose building trades class was cut

Recently, TV star and former host of Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe gave some national attention to a story that likely wouldn't have made it out of the small Illinois town it originated ...

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Dearth of women in construction deprives industry of good workers, women of good jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2014

Dearth of women in construction deprives industry of good workers, women of good jobs

Recently, Barbara A. Res penned an insightful column for the Baltimore Sun examining why there are so few women in the construction industry and detailed why and how this should be ...

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Aim is admirable, but OSHA’s proposed silica rule has 3 fatal flaws

Posted by Therese Dunphy on March 24, 2014

Aim is admirable, but OSHA’s proposed silica rule has 3 fatal flaws

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began its public hearings on a proposed update to its 40-year-old rule on crystalline silica exposure. Those hearings will conclude Friday, ...

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Divergence of construction spending and employment could point to “fundamental change” in the industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 17, 2014

Divergence of construction spending and employment could point to “fundamental change” in the industry

Recently, the folks at Business Insider put together a nicely done and comprehensive article on the skilled labor shortage affecting the construction industry and the impact it's having on homebuilding. There ...

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VIDEO: Mike Rowe opens up about opera, skilled trades and Dirty Jobs (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 11, 2014

VIDEO: Mike Rowe opens up about opera, skilled trades and Dirty Jobs (EXCLUSIVE)

All of the new machines are obviously the star of a show like ConExpo. But one of the highlights for the Equipment World team last week at the show was ...

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Construction adds 15,000 jobs in February, unemployment rises for third straight month

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 07, 2014

Construction adds 15,000 jobs in February, unemployment rises for third straight month

The U.S. construction industry added 15,000 jobs in February, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gain came as a surprise as many economists expected the number ...

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FIU professor says Florida’s worker shortage is temporary due to likelihood of wage increases

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2014

FIU professor says Florida’s worker shortage is temporary due to likelihood of wage increases

Like their peers across the U.S., contractors in Florida are facing a shortage of skilled workers, as a report from Florida Watchdog details. In Florida, housing inventories are drying up which means ...

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Six-week Massachusetts construction crash course prepares low income, minority workers for the industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 25, 2014

Six-week Massachusetts construction crash course prepares low income, minority workers for the industry

As the U.S. construction industry continues to explore ways to battle the current skilled worker shortage, a training program in Massachusetts is introducing the industry to many folks who had ...

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Get certified: ConExpo-Con/Agg education sessions to offer AEMP, NCCCO programs

Posted by Amy Materson on February 24, 2014

Get certified: ConExpo-Con/Agg education sessions to offer AEMP, NCCCO programs

Looking to get the most out of the show? Taking advantage of the education sessions is a good start, but you should consider getting some needed certifications under your belt. ...

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Milwaukee County dedicates $400,000 to construction, trades training

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 21, 2014

Milwaukee County dedicates $400,000 to construction, trades training

Using money from real estate sales, Milwaukee County recently provided a lot of help in the funding of a training program for construction work and other trades. According to a report ...

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Construction companies join forces, commit to hiring more than 100,000 veterans

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 10, 2014

Construction companies join forces, commit to hiring more than 100,000 veterans

More than 100 construction companies have joined forces in committing to hiring more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. First announced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by First ...

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Construction adds 48k jobs in January for highest gain in nearly 7 years, but unemployment rate jumps again

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 07, 2014

Construction adds 48k jobs in January for highest gain in nearly 7 years, but unemployment rate jumps again

The U.S. construction industry added 48,000 jobs in January, posting its highest employment gain since before the start of the recession, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor ...

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Construction worker the only profession to increase rate of home ownership following the recession

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 29, 2014

Construction worker the only profession to increase rate of home ownership following the recession

Despite likely being the hardest hit profession by the one-two punch of the bursting housing bubble and the ensuing recession, construction workers and home builders were the only group to ...

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Worker retention tip no. 2: Craft your environment

Posted by Amy Materson on January 29, 2014

Worker retention tip no. 2: Craft your environment

You hear a lot about workplace culture now, but that’s a difficult facet of your business to manage. Focusing on honest communication is a start. Be willing to implement innovative ...

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3 things contractors can do to keep valuable workers on staff during the skilled worker shortage

Posted by Amy Materson on January 29, 2014

3 things contractors can do to keep valuable workers on staff during the skilled worker shortage

The skilled worker shortage has been looming over the construction industry, and the Associated General Contractors’ 2014 outlook shows that contractors are already having a problem finding skilled professionals and ...

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Worker retention tip no. 3: Be aggressive about apprenticeship

Posted by Amy Materson on January 29, 2014

Worker retention tip no. 3: Be aggressive about apprenticeship

Get the word out to potential employees. Apprenticeship programs are a great way to bring someone on board at the ground level and train them up to where you want ...

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San Antonio AGC president says he plans to “double down” on solving skilled worker shortage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2014

San Antonio AGC president says he plans to “double down” on solving skilled worker shortage

During a banquet Tuesday, the newly-installed 2014 president of the Assocaited General Contractors of America's San Antonio chapter said the main focus of his action plan will be workforce development. According ...

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Hire a Hero begins staffing effort to create path to construction, trade jobs for veterans

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 14, 2014

Hire a Hero begins staffing effort to create path to construction, trade jobs for veterans

Hire a Hero, a program designed to transition former U.S. soldiers to the civilian workforce, has not been enough to get veterans into jobs such as those in construction, says ...

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Burglars pose as construction workers to steal safe from California home

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2014

Burglars pose as construction workers to steal safe from California home

Police in a city near San Francisco are on the hunt for a group of men they say posed as construction workers in order to burglarize a home. Around 11:15 a.m. ...

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Construction adds 17k jobs in November amid strong U.S. jobs report

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 06, 2013

Construction adds 17k jobs in November amid strong U.S. jobs report

The U.S. construction industry added 17,000 jobs in November, marking the sixth consecutive month of gains. A total of 5.851 million Americans are employed in the construction industry, the highest that ...

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Slumping productivity, political football drive down Q4 Nonresidential Construction Index

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 04, 2013

Slumping productivity, political football drive down Q4 Nonresidential Construction Index

For the first time in five months, two of which brought its highest marks ever, FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) fell 2.9 points in the fourth quarter to 57.4. The good ...

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Survey says more than half of construction companies affected by skilled worker shortage, details how they’re coping

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 20, 2013

Survey says more than half of construction companies affected by skilled worker shortage, details how they’re coping

At this point, it would be quicker to list the number of cities that haven't reported construction projects being impacted by the skilled worker shortage than the ones that have. ...

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With big jump in employment, Boston construction industry booming once more

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 20, 2013

With big jump in employment, Boston construction industry booming once more

After seeing Greater Boston construction jobs fall by 20 percent during the recession, things are finally looking up again for the city's industry after a big jump in employment in ...

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Construction booming in Texas thanks to solid economy

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 15, 2013

Construction booming in Texas thanks to solid economy

A recent report from Business Investors Daily takes an in-depth look at the booming construction industry in Texas, saying the state's expanding economy is driving the boom. Noting the fact that ...

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Report: Washington D.C. excludes successful construction-trades academy from “priority” career initiative funding

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 13, 2013

Report: Washington D.C. excludes successful construction-trades academy from “priority” career initiative funding

Despite a 90-percent graduation rate and a more-than 60-percent college-going rate, a Washington D.C. construction-trades academy was excluded from funding in a new D.C.-area Career and Technical Education program, according ...

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3 culture-changing steps contractors can take to combat the skilled worker shortage

Posted by Amy Materson on November 12, 2013

3 culture-changing steps contractors can take to combat the skilled worker shortage

There’s been no shortage of attention lately to the skilled worker shortage. Although industry advocates like Mike Rowe have been beating the drum for a while, now everyone is catching ...

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Construction industry adds 11k jobs in October, though unemployment rate ticks back up

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 08, 2013

Construction industry adds 11k jobs in October, though unemployment rate ticks back up

Despite several predictions that the government shutdown would lead to job decreases, the construction industry and U.S. economy as a whole had a positive month of job growth in October. The ...

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Indiana Gov. Pence wants to “make career and vocational education a priority in every high school”

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 31, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence wants to “make career and vocational education a priority in every high school”

The state of Indiana spends $100 million each year on on vocational education in its high schools. However, only a few thousand of the students that take advantage of this ...

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In campaign to end the skilled worker shortage, Mike Rowe unafraid of reaching into both sides of the aisle

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 30, 2013

In campaign to end the skilled worker shortage, Mike Rowe unafraid of reaching into both sides of the aisle

As part of his Profoundly Disconnected campaign to make students and, really, the country in general, aware of the opportunities and good money available to those who choose a career ...

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In response to shortage of construction supervisors, Houston contractors form their own training courses

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 23, 2013

In response to shortage of construction supervisors, Houston contractors form their own training courses

With the oil and gas industries booming in Texas pulling away much of the state's experienced laborers, construction companies there are having a hard time finding workers in general. But ...

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