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Top States For Construction Workers

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment
With the construction industry currently stunned, I guess we should look for any silver lining. 
Generally speaking, it’s not a good time to be in the construction business right now. Most people are well aware of the effect the economy has had on the building industry. People can’t afford to build or remodel their homes, and many large building companies have laid off workers or reduced hours as business has slowed to a crawl. In what may be a major understatement, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted “the constructing industry has been strongly affected by the credit crisis.”
 
TEXAS
This state was ranked number one in 2009 building permit activity, according to Census Bureau figures. The Dallas area in particular seems to be experiencing a major growth in construction activity. The Dallas Morning News reported this week that arts-related construction alone has led to a building boom, with 87 arts-related groups in North Texas spending around $183 million on new construction and renovation.
Categories: Construction, News

Illegal Immigration Hurts ALL Construction Workers

July 27, 2010 3 comments

Wow, so the saturation of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is color blind and affects ALL AMERICANS?

Armando De Alba is proud of his Mexican ancestry. But he’s tired of what he views as government toleration of illegal immigrants.

“I’m for deporting everyone back,” De Alba said. “They need to enforce the law and do it hardcore. You have got to make them understand we’re not here to mess around.”

De Alba, 30, lived in Hemet with his wife and two children until July 12, when they moved in with his sister-in-law and her family in Murrieta. They lost the house they bought in 2004 in a short sale after De Alba’s plastering business went under.

De Alba blames illegal immigrants.

“The contractor hires illegals to do the job,” he said. “They outbid us. They’re people who aren’t licensed, bonded, insured, who don’t pay taxes.”

Full story from The Press-Enterprise:
Construction worker says Hispanics like himself are hurt by illegal immigration

Categories: Construction, News

Construction Workers Done With Stalemate At WTC Site

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Construction unions members produced a rally at the World Trade Center site Tuesday with a simple statement, “Build It Now!”  In hopes of getting this project underway and breaking the dead-end hit by developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority.

Strong [words]

“It is a disgrace that nine years after this attack we are still looking at a hole in the ground,” exclaimed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “That we are still fighting this fight.”

“All of us have let you down. We’ve let this city down. And we’ve let our country down,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley. “And we’ve left a hole in the ground to remain as a monument to those who would destroy our country.”

Strong [emotions]

“Instead of a shining American symbol of resilience and strength, we have a hole in the ground,” U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney told the crowd. “Rebuilding the towers and ground zero is a moral imperative. Putting 10,000 people to work in the middle of a severe recession is an economic imperative.”

“We have people out for 40 weeks before they get a job,” said electrician Greg Kapps. “There are a lot of people out.”

“It’s not because of the Port Authority that there hasn’t been building,” he said. “The Port Authority is not willing to do a public bailout of Larry Silverstein.”

Categories: Construction, News

25% Of Constructions Workers Are Out Of A Job

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

With construction lagging, the construction industry unemployment rate is at a staggering 24.7%. [rock bottom?]

Overall U.S. job growth continued to be undermined by the severe downturn affecting the construction industry as another 75,000 construction workers lost their jobs in January 2010 and the industry’s unemployment rate jumped to 24.7 percent, according to federal employment figures released today. Excluding construction job losses, nonfarm payroll employment actually rose for the second time in three months, the Associated General Contractors of America noted.

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Bored Construction Workers Mixed With Heavy Equipment

February 10, 2010 1 comment

When operating heavy equipment you should always think Safety First. 

10-4 good buddy.  I have my safety vest on!

Categories: Construction, Humor