AGC economist cautious as construction employment hits six-year high

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction employers added 6,000 workers last month as the industryʼs unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest May level in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data. Tempering its response, the group notes that employment gains remain spotty and thousands of highway construction jobs are at risk due to federal funding uncertainties.

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Operating Engineers take narrow election at Virginia precast plant

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff The NRLB has certified International Union of Operating Engineers Local 77 in Suitland, Md., as collective-bargaining representative for equipment operators and mechanics at the Structural Concrete Products LLC plant in Manassas, Va. The Board adopted a regional director’s January 2014 decision on the prior month’s representation vote—four in favor, three opposed—among proposed bargaining…

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