According to the Associated General Contractors of America construction jobs in Georgia showed signs of approvement from April of last year to this year. Georgia listed 148,500 construction jobs this year compared to 172,300 in 2009. However, the state posted a gain of 800 jobs from March to April, a half percent growth.
`A gradual turnaround appears to be taking hold after years of construction employment declines,` said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, in a statement. `As more stimulus projects get underway and single-family housing starts pick up, we are likely to see the number of states with year-over-year increases grow.`
Simonson also warned the slump is far from over, citing high vacancy rates, delays in passing highway and other infrastructure legislation, and declining state and local tax revenue.
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