Florida construction jobs nearly at bottom, economist says

Posted: 03/25/2012
Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Employment in Florida’s construction industry has been bad, but last year it got worse.

The state lost the most construction jobs, 20,700, of any state in the nation, bringing industry jobs in Florida down to 307,800 in January, according to an Associated General Contractors of America report. The peak was 687,200 in June 2006.

“We’re probably close to the bottom, if we haven’t reached it,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

The Fort Lauderdale area has been particularly hard-hit, with construction employment sinking to 26,200 — the lowest number recorded in January since 1992, he said. Metro area jobs fell by nearly 60 percent from peak employment of 61,200 in 2007.

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1 Comment on "Florida construction jobs nearly at bottom, economist says"

  1. Oct 27th, 2012

    Certain trades are a lot more deamnding than others Ironworkers are in an extremely hard trade so are brick layersany of the rest are physically deamnding. Modern tools havemade most a lot easier than they were 40 or 50 years agoa lot of women are getting into construction in certain tradeswith the exception of the two I named and maybe also theboiler makers. The fact is working construction will keep youin shape and make you stronger than the average person.If you want to work construction I say go for it get in an apprenticeship and study and learn your trade well. There isnothing like being able to take your children some whereand to be able to say I helped build this.

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