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The Great Recession became official in December 2007, and by its end, more than 8.8 million jobs had been lost — 2 million in the construction sector alone.

But times change, and after the massive battering, the industry is starting to bounce back. Construction spending is up, projects are more plentiful and optimism is starting to sneak its way in.[…] Continue Reading »

The construction sector was booming in the mid-to late-2000s, and then the Great Recession grabbed hold and the industry changed overnight. Layoffs were rampant; dozens of mega-construction projects stalled; half-built buildings dotted the country. But, after a few years, a slow, but increasingly steady — or at least somewhat optimistic — outlook started to take hold.

Housing starts were increasing rapidly, and passage of the transportation bill, or MAP-21, put roadwork back on the map.[…] Continue Reading »

Six years of recession in the U.S. has cut a $1.2 trillion-a-year construction industry into one that is worth about $800 billion a year. It also chopped more than 2 million jobs from the industry, according to data from the Associated General Contractors of America. However, a survey by AGC and co-sponsored by Computer Guidance leads AGC to look at 2013 as a potential turning point with tentative signs of recovery.[…] Continue Reading »

Most companies realize the value in employee referrals. For one, they’re often better candidates for openings since they’re pre-screened by folks who already work for you. But actually getting your employees to proactively reach out to their professional network can be tough.

How can leaders encourage employees to refer their connections to open positions within the company?[…] Continue Reading »

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Sometimes it seems like jobs are all President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney want to talk about. Reported monthly, the national unemployment rate is a piece of data most voters can comprehend and, as always, the question voters are being asked is whether they are better off now than the were four years ago.[…] Continue Reading »