Oregon jobless rate declines

The state added far more manufacturing jobs than expected, helping a drop in unemployment to 8 percent Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in April, down from 8.2 percent in March, as employers added jobs for the seventh month in a row, the state Employment Department said Tuesday. Employers added 3,700 jobs in April…. Read more »

NAHETS Rolls Out “ADEPT” Operator Certification

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) recently introduced the ADEPT (Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing) Certification. The ADEPT Heavy Equipment Operator Certification is designed to measure the knowledge and skills of an operator against industry and regulatory standards and expectations using a validated and transparent certification process. NAHETS offers ADEPT Heavy Equipment Operator… Read more »

Construction News: Manitex Shows off 70 Ton Truck Mounted Crane

Manitex Unveils 70-Ton Truck-Mounted Crane Manitex, Inc. has unveiled its newest truck-mounted telescopic crane, the 70-ton TC700. The crane is specifically designed to be used on commercial carriers, allowing operators quickly travel to and between job sites. Once on the job, the TC700’s ROC radio outrigger controls, swing-out outrigger design, on-board outrigger pads, and remote… Read more »

May 3, 2013

Kansas construction employment down 3.2% from last year Kansas was among 19 states losing construction jobs from March 2012 to March 2013, the Associated General Contractors of America said in a report Friday. The state lost 1,800 jobs from year ago, a drop of 3.2 percent, the AGC’s analysis of U.S. Labor Department data shows…. Read more »