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Monthly Construction Input Prices Dip in August, But Are Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

(via ABC National)   WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Construction input prices decreased 1.4% in August compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.4% for the month as well. Construction input prices are up 16.7% from a year ago, while nonresidential construction input prices are 16.3% higher. Input prices were up in six of 11 subcategories* on a monthly basis. Natural gas prices increased 35.3% (and are 457.9% higher than they were in February 2020), followed by unprocessed energy materials prices, which rose 13.5%. Crude petroleum prices were down 5.3% in August. "Until yesterday's Consumer Price Index report, investors and other market-watchers had been delighted by recent inflation news," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. "Today's Producer Price Index report supplies additional evidence tha ...

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Suicide Prevention Is a National Priority for Construction

  Every September, we in the construction industry take time to focus on a difficult but very important issue. September is Suicide Prevention Month. In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the construction industry had one of the highest rates of death by suicide among its workers – 5,242 in 2018, which was five times higher than U.S. construction worker fatalities on jobsites. This is a national tragedy, but we are not powerless to fight it.  Construction workers work with tools every day, and if we equip these 7.7 million individuals with the tools they need to prioritize mental health and protect their emotional wellbeing, they will use them. Our first challenge is to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health issues with the goal of creating a zero-suicide industry.  We employers can build a resilient workforce by providing access to resources to improve total human health: physical, mental, emotional, so ...

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Gould Has Its First Full-Time Teacher as Daytime Electrical Pilot Gets Underway

  Please welcome David Frongillo, who teaches the Gould Construction Institute's new daytime electrical training program! David started in the electrical trade back in 1975 as a vocational student at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College while working for Interstate Electric during school breaks.    David started his own business while in his mid 20s, concentrating mostly on commercial and industrial installations. He was in business for six years, during which time he averaged 10-18 people on the payroll.  He fell into teaching in his early 30s and has never looked back, working in some capacity as an educator in the electrical trade for over 25 years.     "I love knowing that I'm helping the next generation of electricians to be their best and succeed in a fantastic trade that has almost no boundaries or limits," he says. "I'm very excited ...

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Primary Election Review

  On Tuesday, September 6th, Massachusetts held its State Primary Election. On the ballot were Representatives in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor's Council, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney, Sheriff, and County Commissioner (only in certain counties).   The Winners for Statewide Executive Office Seats are: Governor: Maura Healey (D) Geoff Diehl (R) Lt. Governor: Kim Driscoll (D) Leah Allen (R) *Leah Allen leads Kate Campanale; however, as of this Wednesday morning, the race has not yet been called.* Attorney General: Andrea Campbell (D) Jay McMahon (R) Secretary of State: William Galvin (D) Rayla Campbell (R) Auditor: Diana DiZoglio (D) Anthony Amore (R)’   State Treasurer (Uncontested) Deb Goldberg (Incumbent)   Some Winners for Highly ...

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