PCA shipment figures show industry handily overcoming 2020 adversities

Fourteen months after pandemic panic and economic uncertainty compelled a guarded 2020-2022 outlook for U.S. construction activity, the Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence Group reports that a key indicator of building and nonbuilding project volume actually grew year over year—a trend likely to continue for the near term.

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Union membership rate slides more

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); CP staff

The level of wage and salary workers who were members of unions, hence the union membership rate, was 10.7 percent in 2016, down 0.4 percent from 2015. BLS Current Population Survey findings show the number of unionized wage and salary workers declined 240,000 last year, to 14.6 million. BLS cites among other 2016 data highlights:

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Fatal workplace injury rate rises slightly

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Department of Labor; CP staff

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. during 2014 marks a 2 percent increase over prior year figures, according to the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Preliminary 2014 figures show a fatal work injury rate at 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, matching the 2013 level.

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