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Construction Hiring Plans Are Stronger Than Most; Inflation, Housing Numbers Are Mixed

February 25, 2003
"Mining and Construction are the only categories [out of 10 sectors] that foresee increases over both last year and last quarter."
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Existing home sales, starts, permits remain hot; details emerge on tax proposals

February 1, 2003
Sales of existing single-family homes jumped in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5,860,000, third highest ever, the National Assn. of Realtors announced.
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Construction Mixes Hot And Cold Employment

December 10, 2002
Value put in place of numbers for tepid total.
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"Kaleidoscope" Instead of a "Snapshot" in Today's Data Shows Great Variety in Construction

November 11, 2002
"The overall picture is bright for the moment, with a brilliant housing sector, darkness on the private nonresidential side, and fuzziness in the public sector."
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September housing starts, permits soar; outlook dims for factory, warehouse, utility construction

October 24, 2002
Housing continues to lead the economy. The government reported that housing starts jumped 13% from August to September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,843,000.
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Construction employment is flat in September but several other indicators are negative

October 4, 2002
The two principal indicators of construction activity this week signaled an industry treading water. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, fell by 43,000 in September after an upwardly revised rise in August.
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Miss, Boom, Blah: The Outlook for the Economy and Construction

September 26, 2002
The economy and the construction industry sound like an out-of-step marching band these days.
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Construction Holds Steady in July and for Year to Date<br>But Nonresidential Private Building Continues Slide

September 6, 2002
A record amount of single-family homebuilding plus an uptick in public construction enabled overall construction to stabilize in July despite another drop in private nonresidential building.
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WEB EXCLUSIVE<br>BLS Releases Employment Data

August 21, 2002
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released seasonally adjusted July employment and unemployment data by state.
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Boom and Gloom: The Outlook for the Economy and Construction

August 21, 2002
The economy and the construction are showing a split personality. Homebuilding continues to carry on as if there was no recession last year and no slowdown this summer.
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