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Has Construction Employment Plateaued? Only 8,000 Jobs Added in September

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their jobs report for September and the construction industry only added 8,000 jobs.  The construction industry hasn’t seen a big jump in jobs added despite construction spending continuing to increase. August’s numbers were revised up from 3,000 to 5,000 jobs added but when you factor in the […]


Construction Spending In August Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

Construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,086.2 billion in August according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with total nonresidential construction at $696.3 billion. This marks the ninth consecutive month of increased spending going back to December 2014. The annual rate of construction spending has seen gradual increases over the past few […]


Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding & The Construction Industry – Part II

In yesterday’s blog post we talked about how companies are using the collaborative consumption economic model to disrupt and change the construction equipment rental market. Today, we are looking at another form of collaboration, crowdfunding, and how it is being used in architecture and construction. Crowdfunding is an alternative financing method for funding projects or […]


Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding & The Construction Industry – Part I

Collaborative consumption, sometimes referred to as the sharing economy or access economy, has seen tremendous growth over the past several years. The most popular forms of collaborative consumption can be found in rental accommodation services like Airbnb and ride/car sharing services such as Uber and RelayRides. Collaborative consumption has reached nearly every industry and commercial […]


Don’t Fear Change Orders, Learn To Master Them

Change orders are an inevitable part of working in the construction industry. Whether you are a general contractors or a subcontractors, you’ve had to deal with them at some point on a project and will continue to have to deal with them on future projects. Being able to effectively manage change orders doesn’t have to […]


5 Tips For Effective Construction Communication

Effective communication is vital to the successful completion of any construction project. Good communication can improve teamwork and lead to better project collaboration. Poor communication can result in misunderstandings, delays and problems down the road. Communication is simply the exchange of information in order to convey a message and good communication involves being able to […]


Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year

Construction spending continues to climb with July’s seasonally adjusted annual rate increasing to $1,083.4 billion, the fifth consecutive month construction spending topped $1 trillion. This is 0.7% higher than June’s revised estimate of $1,075.9 billion, which is up from its initial estimate of $1,064.6 billion. July’s estimate represents a 13.7% increase over the last 12 […]

Construction Data’s Ultimate Guide To Jobsite Safety

We’ve gathered our best white papers, eBooks and cheat sheets in one easy to find place. We’ve got you covered whether your looking to beat the heat this summer, create a safer construction site or get some tips on scaffold safety. All of these documents are downloadable and printer friendly and are great for safety […]


July’s ABI Shows Strong Demand For Design Services

Coming off June’s eight-year high of 55.7, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score in July of 54.7 continues to show strong demand for design services. (Scores above 50 indicate an increase in billings and scores below 50 indicate a decrease.) The ABI acts as a barometer for future nonresidential construction spending since the lead time […]


2014 State-by-State Construction Industry Economic Impact

We’ve got a state-by-state breakdown of construction employment and private nonresidential construction spending in 2014. Our report takes a look at the biggest winners and losers in terms of construction put in place and jobs added (or lost) for each state as well as a look at the average annual salaries in the construction industry.


Construction Employment In July Sees Little Change

After no growth in construction employment during June, the industry only managed to add a meager 6,000 jobs in July according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Residential building added 6,000 jobs (about what they lost last month), but nonresidential building construction lost 900 jobs. Heavy and civil engineering construction saw 2,900 jobs […]


Construction Spending Tops $1 Trillion For Fourth Consecutive Month in June

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending increased to $1,064.6 billion in June, marking the fourth consecutive month construction spending topped $1 trillion. This is a 12% increase over the June 2014 figure of $950.3 billion. May’s initial estimate has been revised up from $1,035.8 billion to $1,063.5 billion and April’s figure has been […]


Getting Young People Interested In Construction Careers – ACE Mentor Program

For 20 years, the ACE Mentor Program has been introducing and motivating high school students to careers in architecture, engineering and construction. The program began in 1994 as the ACE Mentor Program of New York City with 17 mentoring firms forming three teams to teach 90 students about the AEC industry. The national not-for-profit ACE […]


Why The Construction Industry Needs Universal BIM Standards

The adoption and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility that creates a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility to form a reliable basis for decisions from conception to the end of its life-cycle, has skyrocketed over the past few years. Some of […]


Construction Industry Sees No Job Gains In June

Construction employment remained flat in June according to the latest Employment Situation Summary released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this morning. This is a bit disappointing coming off yesterday’s Construction Spending report that showed the annual rate of construction spending had reached a 6+ year high, hitting pre-recession numbers. The two biggest […]


May Construction Spending Hits Highest Level In Over 6 Years

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for May 2015 climbed to $1,035.8 billion. This is the third consecutive month that construction spending was above the $1 trillion mark with April’s figure being revised up from $1,006.1 billion to $1,027.0 billion and March’s $984.0 billion being revised up to $1,006.4 billion. May marks the […]