After a long, grueling downturn that devastated the construction industry – with 2.2 million construction workers nationally and about 380,000 statewide losing their jobs – the industry is finally recovering in California and the Bay Area. Nationwide, sustained growth in residential construction jobs was the brightest spot in Friday’s otherwise-disappointing Bureau of Labor Statistics report on March employment.
A local building boom means union hiring halls are empty while workers flock here from Colorado, Texas, Washington and Nevada to get in on the job action.
“It’s a tremendous sense of relief. We had folks losing homes, losing families, losing health care,” said Mike Theriault, secretary/treasurer of theSan Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council. “It was a disaster. Now we’re climbing back out of it.”
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