Construction Workers Finding Work

Early indications suggest that construction in Tennessee is starting to rebound. Unemployment in the construction trades fell in the state by an average of more than nine percent per month over the winter. Bill Young is a spokesman for the 600 members Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.  He says the member companies are now reporting an improved business climate. Young stresses that construction in the state has not returned to pre-recession levels and he doubts that it will any time soon. He also notes that many construction workers abandoned the field for other trades during the economic downturn. As a result, Tennessee could actually experience a shortage of qualified employees in the years to come.