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State construction employment slows but hiring plans stay high; Beige Book finds mix<br>June 20, 2005

June 20, 2005
Construction employment by state slowed in May, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday.
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Cement imports soar but shortages touch 23 states; contractors list few job openings<br>June 10, 2005

June 10, 2005
Imports of goods rose 16% in the first four months of 2005 compared to the same period of 2004, the Commerce Deparment reported today.
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Construction costs cool but still outstrip overall CPI, PPI; housing, hotels stay hot<br>May 20, 2005

May 20, 2005
Inflation reports this week showed mixed messages for both consumer and producer prices, including construction materials.
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Military realignment will affect all construction; home builders, architects are upbeat<br>May 16, 2005

May 16, 2005
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld issued his recommendations on Friday for closing, expanding, or realigning hundreds of military facilities in every state and the District of Columbia.
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'Notable gains' in construction jobs, value put in place, orders outran overall economy<br>May 6, 2005

May 6, 2005
A solid rise in construction employment in April made the lead paragraph in today's Congresional testimony by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Commissioner Kathleen Utgoff.
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First-quarter construction activity was mixed; industry's labor compensation costs rose<br>April 29

May 1, 2005
Early measures of first-quarter construction activity show weakness compared to late 2004 but a modest improvement relative to the first quarter of 2004.
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No April Fools' joke-construction springs ahead in activity, jobs, earnings, orders<br>April 1, 2005

April 1, 2005
The value of construction put in place totaled $1.047 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in February, the Census Bureau reported today.
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Construction jobs, value put in place jump; input costs, housing signal trouble ahead

March 4, 2005
Nonfarm payroll employment surged 262,000, seasonally adjusted, in February, nearly double the average gain for the three previous months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today.
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PPI jumps and construction input prices jump higher; steel prices are mixed

February 18, 2005
The producer price index (PPI) for finished goods climbed 0.3% in January, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today.
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