A new building development under construction seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 19 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City Spencer Platt / Getty Images News

A new building development under construction seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 19, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Construction Market Solid at Mid-Year

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Now that much of the key construction data measuring the first six months in 2014 is in, you can get a pretty good sense of where the industry stands in this all-important market segment so far in 2014. Overall, the news is pretty good, with solid growth in two key construction indicators — nonresidential construction and  contractor employment.

According to McGraw-Hill Construction data, during the first six months of 2014, nonresidential building increased 9% compared to a yea

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