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During the past few years, the increased use of copper for innovative strategies combined with a strong growth in emerging economies, has resulted in significantly higher copper demand.

Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas between December 2015 and December 2016, was stagnant in another 65 and increased in 183, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Union representation in the construction industry (covering all occupations) rose from 14.0 percent in 2015 to 14.6 percent in 2016, according to an annual report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Construction employment increased by 36,000 jobs in January to the highest level since November 2008 as employers increased pay in an effort to address a chronic worker shortage, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

According to the AGC of America (The Associated General Contractors of America), 73 percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2016 Chairmans Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies.