2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook - Georgia and National Report

OUTLOOK FOR CONSTRUCTION IMPROVES FOR 2013 AS MORE FIRMS PLAN TO HIRE, RAISE BID LEVELS AND EXPECT KEY PRIVATE SECTOR MARKETS TO EXPAND THIS YEAR

More Firms in Maryland Plan to Hire than in Any Other State, While More Firms in Michigan Plan Layoffs, Firms Remain Reluctant to Purchase New Equipment, Worry About Rising Materials, Health Care Costs

Significantly more construction firms are planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff while demand for many types of private sector construction projects should increase this year according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey, conducted as part of Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, provides a generally optimistic outlook for the year even as firms worry about rising costs and declining public sector demand for construction.

“While the outlook for the construction industry appears to be heading in the right direction for 2013, many firms are still grappling with significant economic headwinds,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. “With luck and a lot of work, the hard-hit construction industry should be larger, healthier, more technologically savvy and more profitable by the end of 2013 than it is today.”

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