WASHINGTON — The number of construction jobs in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in 14 years, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department. The economy shed another 11,000 construction jobs in July, based on seasonally adjusted numbers. The construction unemployment rate was 17.3 percent, with 1.5 million construction workers unable to find work.
Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), made the following statement regarding the jobs report: “Even in a bad economy, construction workers can usually count on a summer surge to provide desperately needed work. Yet in July, our nation shed another 11,000 construction jobs and employment in the industry fell to its lowest level in 14 years. By investing in the basics of our country — starting with a serious commitment to reauthorize the single biggest piece job creating legislation, a Surface Transportation Bill — we can get our economy moving again while leaving behind real assets for taxpayers and the next generation. Our country has tremendous work to do if we are to restore and strengthen our ability to compete in the world. And our nation has hundreds of thousands of men and women who are ready, willing, and able to do the work. It’s time to match the two.”
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