190 metro areas see rise in construction employment

New data from the Associated General Contractors of America shows that there has been an increase in construction employment in 190 of the 358 metro areas in the United States. From November 2014 to 2015, the areas with the highest growth include New York City, West Virginia and Ohio. Regions with declines in construction employment include Texas and Mississippi. Read More »

TSA Pre?® adds Allegiant customers

Officials from the TSA recently added eligible Allegiant customers to its Pre?® program, which is an expedited screening travelers' program. With the Pre?® screening, travelers don’t have to take off their shoes, show their laptops, remove their belts or light outerwear or set aside their 3-1-1 liquids, allowing the TSA to screen low-risk travelers faster than traditional methods. Read More »

ATA reduces truck tonnage index

The ATA recently reduced its For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index by 0.9 percent to make its advanced seasonal adjustment. The index was previously increased by 1.8 percent in October. The index amounted to 134.3 for the month of November. This is a decrease from the initial 135.5 figure for the month of October. This figure also shows that the index is 1.1 percent beneath the record high. Read More »

November sees gains in US construction employment

New analysis of employment numbers from the Department of Labor done by the Associated General Contractors of America showed job growth in the construction industry in 38 states in November. Of the 38 states, Florida added the most construction jobs in the last month with 10,600 new jobs. Other states with significant gains in new construction jobs were New York and Texas. Read More »

Virginia Department of Transportation hosts 2015 DBE Training Symposium

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Advisory Committee hosted the 2015 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium on Dec. 9-10 to offer firms a chance to increase their awareness of transportation trends and contracting opportunities. An estimated 250 guests attended the two-day event. Read More »

Associated General Contractors supports FAST Act's long-term highway funding

Although President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last week, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America hopes to see continued Congressional support for the nation’s infrastructure in the coming years. The measure, which will allocate $305 billion toward infrastructure projects over the next five years, was the first long-term highway funding bill since 2005. Read More »

Construction investment in October reaches highest level in 8 years

Construction investments for the month of October achieved its highest level of growth in nonresidential, residential as well as public categories. Investments in construction for October amounted to $1.107 trillion. This is a seasonally adjusted yearly rate. It is 1 percent more than the total from September and an additional 13 percent more than the figure from October 2014. Read More »

Large truckload carriers report increase in second driver turnover

Large truckload carriers recently reported that they have experienced an increase in second quarter driver turnover rates, amounting to 87 percent; in spite of this three percent increase, the 87 percent is still less than the most recent average: this figure is at its lowest point ever since 2011’s second quarter, and it is also below the average of 95 percent from the year 2014. Read More »

Report projects US will lack 175,000 truck drivers by 2024

A recent report from the American Trucking Association shows there is an increasing lack of qualified truck drivers in the U.S. According to the analysis, the shortage has increased to approximately 48,000. This figure is expected to expand as time goes by because of a retiring workforce and industry growth. Experts estimate that the shortage will reach 175,000 by 2024. Read More »

Federal funds expand highway work zone safety training classes

The Associated General Contractors of America recently announced that it has received federal funds that will finance the ongoing highway work zone safety training classes for 2016; the Susan Harwood Training Grant, which amounts to $120,000, will support the programs, and the grant being given is part of the United States Department of Transportation. Read More »

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