Construction Industry News, June 19, 2020

Construction productivity stats approach precoronavirus levels

Statistics are indicating construction work may be approaching precoronavirus numbers, according to data collected by Procore and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

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Construction Employment Sees Record Rebound in May, Says ABC

The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May represented the largest monthly increase in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939, a drastic improvement from April, which recorded the industry’s largest month-over-month job loss.

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Supreme Court ruling advances $8B pipeline project

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 vote that the U.S. Forest Service had the right to issue a permit for a segment of the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), reversing a lower court decision and bringing the project one step closer to being able to restart construction.

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In Crossing Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing River, Border Wall Construction Results In ‘Loss Of Trust’

Contractors continue to install new border barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border, including many across sensitive lands, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge and Cabeza Prieta National Monument.

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NY Governor To ‘Fast Track’ Key NYC Projects to Boost Virus Recovery

Seeking to “supercharge” recovery of the COVID-19 ravaged economy in New York—particularly in still hard-hit New York City—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to ‘fast-track’ work on several major NYC regional infrastructure projects and labeled as “productive” May 27 talks with President Donald Trump to push federal funding and environmental approval for other long-stalled regional transportation megaprojects.

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News from around the world…

German Industry Optimistic in Face of COVID as Border Restrictions Are Set to Loosen

The German construction sector is operating at about 80% going into July and August and seems to be emerging as one of the bright spots in a country that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While projects are still at risk from supplier slowdowns and other issues, an informal industry survey shows most company activities are proceeding normally, with precautions on-site.

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