The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) has conducted an 11-question survey of its membership from March 30th through April 2nd, in an effort to quantify the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on job site activity. There were anywhere from 1,100 – 1,300 responses to every question. The information provides a much clear and balanced picture of job site activity, besides just counting layoffs and furloughs. While it’s true that some job sites have been impacted, a vast majority of them remain open and active. The entire survey is available in the article. Here are just 2 sample of questions: 1) ‘Did a government official or agency order you to halt or cancel construction on current projects or ones expected to start in the next 30 days?’ 74% of the respondents answered No. 16% indicated a governor or statewide agency had, while 11% said a city or county executive or local agency had, but only 3% indicated a Federal Agency. 2) ‘Have you reduced or increased your firm’s headcount as a result of project delays, cancellations, and/or new federal emergency paid leave requirements?’ 66% indicated they had added office or other workers, 27% indicated they had added job site workers, Only 16% reported furloughing or terminating office or other workers. 3% indicated they had furloughed or terminated job site workers. 1% reported no change in count at job sites.
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