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Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 24 States

 

Nearly 200,000 Construction Added Since May 2016, ABC Says

ABC Hails Florida Legislation That Encourages Competition in Bidding on Public Construction Projects

 

Prior to this legislation, local governments could impose unfair pre-bid hiring restrictions, training requirements, and benefit mandates that increased project costs and kept many merit shop contractors, who make up 96.9 percent of Florida’s construction workforce, on the sidelines.

ABC of Iowa Applauds Thoughtful Collective Bargaining Reforms

  Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC) applauds Governor Terry Branstad and Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature for introducing legislation that reforms collective bargaining and public employment in Iowa.

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 26 States Year-Over-Year, Iowa Unchanged

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan 31.—December not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 26 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Iowa and Wisconsin, were unchanged from December 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 7.4 percent was down 0.1 percent from a year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

April Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 44 States from 2015

Iowa jumped up in the ranking from 15th lowest construction unemployment rate in March to second lowest in April with a 2.7 percent rate. Its 4.9 percent drop in rate from March ranked as the eighth largest monthly decrease. Its year-over-year fall of 2.6 percent was the seventh largest decline among the states.

ABC of Iowa Wins Big at National Craft Championships

ABC of Iowa was represented with six apprentices and five journeymen at the 2016 National Craft Championship Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL March 1-4 and placed in five of the trade competitions.

ABC of Iowa Journeyman Team Wins Gold Medal Second Year in a Row at ABC's National Craft Championships

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust’s team won gold medals at the 29th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month.

Iowa Native Shon Smith of ACI Mechanical Named ABC’s National Young Professional of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Shon Smith, prefabrication manager at ACI Mechanical, Inc. in Ames, Iowa, has been named ABC’s first Young Professional of the Year. 

How Will the Clean Power Plan Affect Your Projects?

A new challenge looming for building professionals is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming Clean Power Plan (CPP). The plan mandates a carbon emissions reduction of 32 percent nationwide by 2030, with individual targets set for each state.