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AGC: Construction unemployment drops to seven-year low

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction employers added 16,000 jobs last month as sector unemployment fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September since 2007, according to an AGC analysis of monthly employment figures the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released October 3.

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Nonresidential construction confidence index soars

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington

The ABC Construction Confidence Index (CCI), which reflects nonresidential construction industry prospects using three measured categories—revenues, profit margins and hiring—increased across all indices during the first six months of 2014.

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A.A. Robbins deal broadens R.I. Lampus footprint in Keystone State

Source: Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh

Springdale, Pa.-based R.I. Lampus Co. has strengthened its leading stake in western Pennsylvania concrete block and hardscape unit production, acquiring A.A. Robbins Co. of Cambridge Springs. The buyout of retiring owner Denny Robbins adds a Crawford County plant to Lampus’ Allegheny, Beaver, Erie and Lawrence county sites, and dovetails a recent brick distribution and retail showroom expansion.