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Company Payrolls in U.S. Grow by Estimated 209,000 Workers

April 4 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. expanded payrolls in March, showing the labor market is strengthening, according to data from a private report based on payrolls. Employment increased by 209,000 for the month after a revised 230,000 gain in February, figures from ADP Employer Services showed today. The median estimate in the Bloomberg … Read more »

U.S. Battles Home Builder Over Pay Probe

The Labor Department has stepped up pressure on PulteGroup Inc. in what has become a nasty battle between the Michigan-based home builder and the Obama administration over an investigation into the housing industry’s pay practices. The main issue in the investigation, say people familiar with the matter, is whether brick layers, carpenters, laborers and other … Read more »

Hot Industry for Start-Ups: Construction?

One usually thinks of start-ups as cutting-edge. But it turns out the hottest growth area for new businesses isn’t so sexy: It’s construction. More entrepreneurs are setting up construction companies, according to a report released earlier this week. The increase comes as construction workers who lost their jobs during the slump in the housing market … Read more »

Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation

In the beginning, the only environmental requirement for wood flooring installation was that the house be “dried in”. In other words, the roof was on and windows were in place to prevent rain from getting on the floor. Many inner city homes, mid-town homes and country homes built in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s are … Read more »

EPI – State-level data confirm nationwide recovery

State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most states have been experiencing the steady progress towards economic recovery that we have been seeing nationally. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduction in its unemployment rate (New York’s rate … Read more »

DriTac unveils Eco-5500 adhesive

DriTac Flooring Products introduces DriTac Eco-5500 Premium “Green” Pressure Sensitive Flooring Adhesive, designed for installing Luxury Vinyl Tile, Luxury Vinyl Plank, VCT, Fiberglass Back Sheet Vinyl, Carpet Tile, Vinyl Stair Treads, Cork Tile and Cork Underlayment. DriTac Eco-5500 is a “green” adhesive that is VOC free with zero solvents, according to the company. Read more … Read more »

January construction spending first drop in 6 months

Construction spending fell in January for the first time in six months as companies cut investment in buildings and the federal government scaled back projects, the Commerce Department said. Read more at Reuters.

Job Growth Continues to Improve

WASHINGTON—U.S. job creation remained solid in February and was stronger in previous months than initially thought, marking one of the economy’s best stretches of the nearly three-year-old recovery. Jobs outside of agriculture grew by 227,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Meanwhile, employers added 284,000 jobs in January—roughly 40,000 higher than an initial estimate—and … Read more »

Private nonresidential building trends improve

Weaker construction of hotels, manufacturing facilities and health care facilities in the private sector left January construction spending flat with December, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. Nevertheless, nonresidential construction companies have been a major contributor to the overall industry growth in the last year or so, according to an analysis of private-company financial statements by Sageworks Inc., a … Read more »

Why Recent Job Gains May Stick This Time

The U.S. job market’s recent improvement has some economists wondering if 2012 will break from last year’s pattern of strong job growth in the winter followed by a slowing in the spring and summer. One reason for optimism is that job growth has spread to more of the nation’s largest metro areas—divisions bigger than cities … Read more »