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From the monthly archives: October 2015

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September Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 48 States from 2014

September proved to be a good month for construction unemployment rates. The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates for the country and 48 states were down in September on a year-over-year basis. For the first three quarters of the year, construction added 121,000 seasonally adjusted (SA) jobs. At the same time, NSA jobs increased by 199,000 from September 2014 to September 2015.

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Economic Growth Stronger than Headline GDP Figure Suggests

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a sign of continued recovery for the  U.S. economy, both real gross domestic product (GDP) and nonresidential fixed investment expanded during the third quarter, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of today’s  release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. GDP expanded 1.5 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during the third quarter while nonresidential fixed investment expanded by 2.1 percent during that period, both
building on positive results from the previous quarter.

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The Importance of Digital Images and Video on Today’s Jobsite

Everyone has smartphones and tablets on the jobsite. But are you using the cameras on these devices as a competitive advantage? Most contractors are taking photographs on the job. But the experienced ones are using software which documents not only when the pictures were taken, but uses the GPS capabilities of the device to store the exact location as well. And the best contractors can pull up drawings on their tablet and see pins dropped automatically on the plans, showing where the pictures were taken. This type of progressive visual documentation can be invaluable not only to the owner, but to the contractor as well. During later phases of construction, say after the sheetrock has been installed, these photos allow the crews to know the exact location of systems no longer visible.

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Calling Future Diversity Resource Group Leaders and Members

ABC needs volunteer leaders for the launch of its Diversity Resource Groups (DRGs).
Do you have a passion for diversity and inclusion?
Do you have leadership experience in the construction industry?
Would you like to assist ABC members in becoming world class diversity leaders?
Would
you like to help ABC drive industry diversity and inclusion in order to
attract a diverse workforce to the construction industry?

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Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act”

ABC is encouraging all members to call on their Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor and support the “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act” (S. 2015/ H.R. 3459). This important legislation will help provide additional stability for contractors, subcontractors and their employees by restoring the 30 year old “joint employer” standard, encouraging local business ownership and employee opportunity.

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