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LA CROSSE — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin recognized a long-time apprenticeship instructor and apprenticeship advisory committee member in La Crosse last night. Eric Artschwager of Poellinger Electric, Inc. is a retiring committee member after 22 years of service.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate in August was 3.1%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rate is the third lowest August on record, 17th lowest among the states, and 0.2% lower than the Wisconsin overall unemployment rate.
ABC of Wisconsin is leading a coalition of employee-owned, union, and non-union employers to help address the skilled labor shortage. The Second Start Act, which passed the Assembly last session (AB 124) on a vote of 87-8 with broad, bipartisan support, is a creative way to recruit an underutilized market; the 10,000 individuals every year who were enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System but did not graduate. These former college students would be supplied with information about other career, educational, and training opportunities, including apprenticeship in the skilled trades.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Madison Common Council took a U-turn on the Judge Doyle Square project this week by ending negotiations with Gebhardt Development, the developer it originally selected, which was expected to use primarily union labor. The council also reopened discussions with the developer originally recommended by city staff, Stone House Development, which was was planning to use a merit-based, ABC-member construction firm ...
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's estimated non seasonlly adjusted construction unemployment rate in July was 3%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rate is .02% higher than the record low rate of 2.8% for the month of June and .04% higher than July 2018. It is the 15th lowest among the states. For comparison, the overall state unemployment rate is 3.4%