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Looking to Grow
As we reflect on 2017, not
all the news was good, but
according to the Associated
General Contractors (AGC)
of America, December
was a good month for the
construction industry. It
reports that construction
employment grew by
30,000 jobs, which was
the highest level since
September 2008.
Many firms also expect to keep
adding jobs, too, as demand
grows. "Employment and pay
in construction have risen
more rapidly over the past year
than in the economy overall,
as the supply of unemployed,
experienced workers continues
to shrink," AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson reported in
a statement.
"Construction pay is now
almost 10 percent higher than
the private-sector average,"
he continued. "Nevertheless,
contractors report increasing
difficulty filling many types
of hourly craft and salaried
openings, given the low rate
of unemployment throughout

the economy, including construction." According to an AGC and Sage Construction & Real
Estate survey, 75 percent of firms surveyed plan
to grow their staff this year. A reason for that,
AGC says, is that contractors are the most optimistic they have been about growing demand
for services since 2009.
"Most construction firms plan to add workers
during 2018 as demand for all types of construction continues to expand," AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr said. "The biggest challenge
they face will be finding qualified workers to
hire as the labor market continues to tighten."
If that happens this year, Construction Today will
be here to report on it and tell you about those
changes in the industry.

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