Jobs Up but Construction Workers Down

Construction Workers While the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 last month and 216,000 jobs were added to the overall U.S. economy, the construction industry in America remains "mired in a Depression-like state," according to LIUNA -- the Laborers' International Union of North America.

The union is going by the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, which show that while the number of jobs in the construction industry declined slightly, the unemployment rate in the industry fell to 20 percent -- indicating many construction workers have given up looking for work after years of uninterrupted decline. Nearly 1.7 million men and women in the construction industry are unable to find work.

"Stagnation in the construction industry needs to serve as a reminder that our country is still not on the path to a true recovery," says Terry O'Sullivan, LIUNA general president. "It's time that leaders in Washington did what they were elected to do: build our country, create desperately needed jobs and ensure America remains a global leader."

O'Sullivan says the government has the power to remedy the situation. "Congress can begin to solve this problem by getting to work on a new surface transportation bill that would create millions of jobs and invest in our basic needs, such as roads and bridges, and leave behind a positive legacy for taxpayers and future generations." This proved effective in the 1930s, when programs like these helped lift the nation out of the Great Depression.

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Havn't they gotten Barracks Memo, your not a Green Business and you create urban sprawl therefore your not needed anymore. By the way the true unemployment is well over 20% that is from a current poll taken by an independent Lab, no smoke and mirrors.

April 05 2011 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Weren't we supposed to help workers transition to new jobs in growth industries? Oh that's right; in the new political landscape it's every man for himself. Sorry guys; it's not your fault that the Wall Streeters destroyed the mortgage industry and with it residential and commercial construction but according to the new political world, Americans are not allowed to help you out with new training programs, extra unemployment, or any other social assistance. Sorry.

April 05 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Until we dump the current rich politicians and vote in some middle-class representatives we will not return to a gov't "By the people For the people." Working-class people know how to budget and will bring back our outsourced jobs.

April 05 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

"Stagnation in the construction industry" means the economy is trending somewhere else, away from construction. Throwing more taxpayer money at a lame horse will not help the situation. A huge debt burden was created in the 30's by a similiar issue but that started a different kind of trend. Unparalleld budget deficits spurred by popular demand.

April 05 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Just yesterday, McDonald's announced that they were hiring 50,000 new workers. Isn't that something, America will have to manufacture giant size furniture, bigger and bigger vehicles, larger and larger clothing sizes, and way larger and larger caskets to fit all the bodies that have eaten at all those McDonald's.

April 05 2011 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to ThinkUp70's comment

Perhaps we should replace the CEO's who outsourced our jobs and the politicians who allowed it to happen with low paid foreigners.

April 05 2011 at 12:13 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

yeah thanks to illegals i cant do tile work painting or much unless i want to make 5.00 an hour .

April 05 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

The job market in construction is screwed up because all the hype about infrastructure has not become reality at all and the problem is construction is being taken over by illegals who work cheap so due to this there are no jobs for Americans in this anymore.

April 05 2011 at 11:12 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Hitmanblues's comment

The illegals are fast becoming legal and minorities ,so they have preference in hiring the thing that is change is kind've a catch 22 ,Take Mcdonalds ,most them them only employ minorities and most of them are mexican,they speak mexican and not english behind the counter ,it is like a closed society they all have family members who want job and if and pening come up it does not even hit hte paper,The catch is they are starting todemand more money,Now whats an owner supposed to DO? Hurts my feelings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 05 2011 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am totally against trhe government getting into the job making business. That is a good portion of what our current problems stem from. The weasel in the White House is exactly what I am referrimng too. This guy gets his power from the illegal government worker unions and we don't need them out in the market place driving up costs and a work ethic that allows one man out of six to man a shovel while the other five stand around watching. COMEONMAN, NO MORE. Think I am wrong, well then just look at the car industry. G M and the Obama administration ands the AWU went into partnership building cars. What a joke. They would like you to believe this fiasco is a sucess but that is not the facts. Look at thier great new electric car, The Volt. It will cost the consummer, assuming he is that dumb to buy it, somewhere to the tune of sixty thousand dollars. It wil lgive them a ride for about forty to fifty miles and then you better have a plug to put it in. Want to know who is actually placing orders for these junkers, the government. Yep that liar we have in the White House is the partner making sure sales look good. Ya all think this is what he meant by honest and open government. I don't.

April 05 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to luqe110's comment

funny when the goverment got involved with making our jobs in the 30's, 40's and 50's that is when the middle class THRIVED! Why would you be for corporations making HUGE profits while us and our neighbors workers rights are being destroyed for their profits?

April 05 2011 at 10:48 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Do a little research before making stupid comments. The Volt will go 40 to 50 miles on solely battery power. Then the gas engine will start and charge the batteries allowing you to drive another 300 miles.

April 05 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Maintaining the existence of Unions, Private & Public is what the 'Stimulus's have been all about. Without supposed 'shovel ready' projects, taxpayer dollars have been paying Retirement & Health maintainance with nothing in return....LOOK AROUND at the broken concrete in our highway lanes for one. This article wants MORE indebtedness. That's a laugh. The Left in our Government is all about maintaining 'failed' systems. Odd article.

April 05 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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