Since the 2008 recession, perhaps no industry has suffered as severely as the construction sector. As a result of the downturn, many qualified workers who had made their living building houses and other structures found themselves out of a job due to a lack of demand.
However, there are some signs that construction employment will soon pick up. According to figures from McGraw-Hill Construction's 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook Midyear Update projections total construction starts are poised to increase 2 percent this year.
According to those who helped complete the study, the industry still has a long way to go before it reaches pre-recession levels.
"The construction industry has yet to move from a hesitant up-and-down pattern to more sustained expansion," said Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. "After plunging 23 percent in 2009, new construction starts edged up only 1 percent in 2010 and were unchanged in 2011, so the modest 2 percent increase predicted for 2012 is really more of the same.
Some areas of the country have seen the number of construction jobs decline. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, constriction employment fell 0.3 percent in the month of April compared to a year before.
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