Design billings may be down, but jobs are another story. According to the AGC’s analysis of U.S. Labor Department data, construction jobs increased in 39 states from August 2018 to August 2019, and in 29 states from July to August of this year. Details here. 

Federal funding for fiscal year 2019 ends September 30. Luckily, a Senate committee recently approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations legislation, which would allow for $86.6 billion in transportation spending. Where’s it all going? Find out here. 

The Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry is designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 54.7, a decrease from the August index of 58.9. Details here. 

StonePoint Materials LLC (StonePoint) has announced the acquisition of Standard Gravel Company LLC (Standard). Standard is a leading regional producer of sand and gravel serving eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi from four active mine sites. Acquisition details here. 

Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFP) has announced that one of its affiliates acquired Hartford, Wisconsin-based Pallet USA LLC. The acquisition expands UFP’s industrial product capacity and services in the Midwest. Details here.

The American Wood Council (AWC) released an updated version of its free Connection Calculator based on the provisions the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction as referenced in the 2015 International Building Code.The updated calculator includes cross-laminated timber (CLT) connection provisions and post-frame ring shank nails.

One of the categories of the competition is focused on rewarding the “Major Project of the Year” (over €500M). Amongst the eight projects submitted for this category, the panel of judges identified four finalists that seem to pursue one common goal: managing urban expansion. Global growth impacts large-scale urban regions, in particular their attractiveness. Project details here. 

Energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment of U.S. energy-sector employment, now employing more than 2.3 million Americans, according to a new analysis from E4TheFuture and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). Energy efficiency workers now account for 28% of all U.S. energy jobs. Details here.