Worker Shortage or Work Shortage
Doing More with Less
By Ken Simonson, AGC Chief Economist
Business articles for over a year have been reporting on worker shortages in different crafts and regions. Yet the industry unemployment rate in June -- the height of the construction season in much of the country -- was 9.8 percent, second-highest of all industries and far above the all-sector average. Are the stories real or just hype?
By Michael Stark, AGC Executive Director, Knowledge Programs and Building Markets
AGC is constantly working to provide you with the tools and resources necessary to help your business and advance the interests of the construction industry. Back in 2008, when the economy tood a severe hit, construction was one of the most adversely affected industries and, as we all know, it has been a rocky road to recovery. Today, demand is finally starting to pick back up, even if that growth has not been as steady or as robust as any of us would like.Are You Taking Advantage of Your AGC Membership?
Through NPP our members receive 22% off corporate calling plans, and employees receive up to an 18% discount (15% plus an additional 3% discount if enrolled in online billing) on their plans. Pricing options are also available on data plans, accessories and devices.
Construction Employment Stalls in August
Construction employment stagnated in August, while the industry unemployment rate fell and aDo You Use BIM?
majority of companies reported difficulty finding workers, according to an analysis of new government data and an industry survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called for education and immigration reform measures needed to ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers.
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) process is going mainstream and is fast becoming the standard across the nation in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. The number of public agencies that require BIM is also increasing, and according to a recent article in Constructech Magazine, analysts predict that BIM will be come a necessity in the not-too-distant future.
Montana Contractors' Association
Quality People. Quality Projects
Montana Contractors' Association Mission Statement:
- To help our member companies be the best construction firms in Montana.
The MCA is a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, representing commercial, industrial, and public works construction companies throughout Montana.
Board of Directors:
- Deb Poteet, Poteet Construction, President
- Dave Zinke, Knife River, Vice President
- Scott Olsen, Helena Sand & Gravel, Treasurer
- Mike Newton, Fisher Sand & Gravel, Director
- Aaron Golik, Century Companies, Director
- Jim Berve, Fisher Construction, Director
- Doug Jackson, Jackson Contractor Group, Director
- Lonnie Anderson, United Materials of Great Falls, Past Pres.Representative
- Jeff Hollenback, Mountain West Holding, Specialty Contractor Council
- Brad Newcomb, Calumet-Montana Refining, Associates' Div.President
- Tyler Smith, Lakeside Excavation, CLC Representative