Vermont showed surprisingly positive results in January in both construction employment and construction contracts. Thirty-six states lost construction jobs between January 2010 and 2011, even as more states added construction jobs than lost them between December and January, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Association officials cautioned that despite the increase in monthly employment, the construction industry is still facing severe economic headwinds.‘It is encouraging to see more states adding jobs instead of losing them between December and January,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘Yet despite those monthly gains, we’re still a long way from seeing the kind of construction employment figures states experienced in 2006 and 2007.’FW Dodge reports. Top group, January 2011; bottom group, December 2010.The largest percentage drop in construction employment for the year occurred in Nevada (-12.9 percent, -8,400 jobs), followed by Georgia (-12.5 percent, -19,100 jobs); Wisconsin (-8.2 percent, -8,000 jobs); and Kentucky (-8.2 percent, 5,700 jobs). Florida lost the most construction jobs over the past 12 months (-24,000 jobs, -6.7 percent). Other states experiencing large overall declines in construction employment included Georgia; North Carolina (-13,900 jobs, 7.7 percent); and New York (-12,500 jobs, -4.0 percent).Simonson noted fourteen states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between January 2010 and January 2011. Texas added the largest number of construction jobs for the year (33,400 jobs, 5.9 percent). Other states adding large numbers of construction jobs included Michigan (8,300 jobs, 6.8 percent); Pennsylvania (7,100 jobs, 3.3 percent); and Tennessee (4,400 jobs, 4.3 percent). Maine, meanwhile, added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (8.7 percent, 2,100 jobs), Simonson noted.Harsh winter weather affecting much of the country in January likely contributed to some of the annual and monthly state job losses, Simonson cautioned. Among the 20 states losing construction jobs between December and January, Georgia lost the most (-6,300 jobs, -4.5 percent). Other states losing large numbers of jobs included North Carolina (-5,100 jobs, -3.0 percent) and Kansas (-4,800 jobs, -8.9 percent). Kansas lost the highest percentage of construction jobs, followed by South Dakota (-4.8 percent, -1,000 jobs) and South Carolina (-4.6 percent, -3,600 jobs).Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December and January, while employment levels in Delaware remained unchanged, Simonson noted. California added the highest number of jobs (17,800 jobs, 3.2 percent), followed by Illinois (8,800 jobs, 4.6 percent); Michigan (5,900 jobs, 4.7 percent); and Ohio (5,200 jobs, 3.2 percent). Vermont added the highest percentage of construction jobs (5.4 percent, 700 jobs); followed by Maine (5.2 percent, 1,300 jobs); Michigan; and Illinois.Association officials said the new construction employment figures indicate that more needs to be done to help the construction industry recover. They noted that the association was planning to release a comprehensive set of recommendations on March 15th designed to boost private sector demand for construction, help the nation address the infrastructure deficit and cut needless regulations and red tape.‘Allowing this industry to continue to stagnate will have significant long-term impacts on the strength of the labor market and the quality of America’s private and public buildings and infrastructure,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.
The Department of Health shouldimplement “strict quarantine protocols” especially this month when“millions of Chinese nationals are expected to travel” to the countryto celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, Senate Health Committee chair Bong Gosaid. How the new coronavirus developed Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 use thermal imaging cameras to detect travelers with signs of coronavirus. CNN PH “With more than half a millionpeople also in evacuation sites in Batangas, one could imagine how a contagiousvirus could wreak havoc on our people who are displaced,” he said,referring to Filipinos displaced by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano. “Hinihikayatko na paigtingin ng DOH at DOTr ang kanilang mga scanning procedures sa lahat ng mga international airports sa bansa, lalong lalo na ‘yung merongdirect flights mula mainland China,Hong Kong at Macau,” he said. Airportofficials in the Philippines’ largest and busiest airport in the capital regionhave started screening passengers, while quarantine officers outside thecapital manually take travelers’ temperatures. “Let us not wait for this to go out ofhand. Let us sound the alarm now and prepare for a worst case scenario.” The Health department should also put upisolation wards where suspected carriers of the Wuhan virus can stay“without having to go inside the main wards” to prevent a possibleoutbreak, Red Cross chair and Senator Richard Gordon said in a statement. The health department said it wasprobing the case of a 5-year-old boy who traveled to Wuhan, China and hadtested positive for the coronavirus. Whilethese measures are in place, passengers should continually read about the newdisease, be vigilant against its symptoms, and find ways on how to avoidspreading the virus, Go said. (ABS-CBN News/PN) “Inaasahanna milyon milyong mga Chinese angmagbibiyahe. All the more that we should safeguard our people from thispotential health risk,” he said, noting that 3 Chinese tourists who arrived inKalibo exhibited symptoms of the deadly virus strain. Several airports across the Asia-Pacifichave tightened security measures for travelers, especially from China afterauthorities said the virus – which has infected some 440 people in Asia’slargest economy – could mutate and be transmitted through the respiratorytract. “Every hospital, every healthfacility public, private or run by local governments have to put in placecontingency plans for patients who are consulting for runny nose, cough, sorethroat and fever,” Gordon said. MANILA – Government agencies in thecountry were urged to put up “firewalls” – or stricter quarantine areas – fortravelers who will test positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, a communicableillness that has killed nearly a dozen in China.
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Associated Press April 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAt Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach, hundreds of swimmers and surfers braved cool autumn weather to return to the water.Police had closed the beach five weeks ago because of thousands of people congregating there in defiance of social distancing regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The beach was reopened for exercise only. Visitors were being counted to ensure social distancing and they couldn’t linger on the sand. A virus testing tent is nearby since the local municipality has a high rate of infections, particularly among backpackers who often live in crowded conditions. AP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Bondi In Christchurch, New Zealand, surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise as they returned to the waves. New Zealand has eased its monthlong lockdown, allowing some activities if social distancing is maintained.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6