Construction firms are optimistic there will be a boom in new projects in 2018, but they could be hard pressed to find applicants for construction jobs.
The U.S. Labor Department has indicated it will broaden the number of occupations that can drug test for unemployment.
Acosta, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board and dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami, was nominated as labor secretary by Trump in mid-February.
The veteran prosecutor would be the first Hispanic in Trump’s Cabinet.
Charges of spousal abuse dogged the hamburger mogul
During Puzder's tenure as CEO, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have faced more federal employment discrimination suits than any other major U.S. hamburger chain.
If confirmed, the fast-food executive is expected to oppose minimum wage increases and regulations aimed at worker safety.
Salaried workers making up to $47,476 annually must receive overtime for hours past 40 per week; prior salary cutoff was $23,660.
The unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage, the lowest since April 2008.