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Subject:  Re: Middle Class[Income] Jobs ain't Coming Back? Date:  1/24/2013  11:40 AM
Author:  Gingko100 Number:  414217 of 465322

Construction stopped/slowed because housing fell off a cliff and the industry was filled with speculators who gambled on growth and lost. In the commercial world (which is my world), things kept rolling (albeit slower). GCs scaled back, but didn't stop.

Many GCs on shaky financial footings went out of business, but the good ones remained busy. And even then, one cannot replace a framer. One cannot replace a plumber. If that's what you need, then that's what you need. It's an age old skillset and can't be replaced with new technology.

So yes, the glut of workers in construction was severely impacted. But now that the industry is back to a more rational size and structure, there is certainly work to be had.
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