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Construction spending at seven-year high; worker shortage limits gains

craneConstruction spending hit $1.1 trillion in September, its highest level since March 2008.

That’s according to an analysis by Associated General Contractors of America, which pointed out the number would have been even higher if it weren’t for a shortage of construction workers.

There were only 479,000 unemployed construction workers in September, the smallest total for that month in 15 years, Simonson noted.

A recent AGC survey found that 86 percent of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill vacant positions.

Private residential construction spending was up 17 percent compared with a year ago, powered by a boom in multifamily projects. Spending on public projects was up 9.4 percent. Private nonresidential construction spending was up nearly 15 percent compared with a year ago, but it slipped 0.7 percent compared with August.

Click to read entire article: Construction spending at seven-year high; worker shortage limits gains (San Antonio Business Journal, 11-02-15)


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