It appears as if the construction sector is helping the economy rebound in Michigan and Texas.
The Detroit Free Press reports that area construction jobs are now at an 11-year high.
According to the news agency, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) group announced that the Detroit metro area alone added approximately 1,800 construction-related jobs over the past year. AGC spokesman Brian Turmail said that most of the new work comes from an increased demand for commercial building, including healthcare facilities and educational institutions. Turmail said there was also a slight increase in the development of multifamily homes in the area over the past 12 months.
In Lubbock, Texas, a newly signed deal with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is expected to generate more than 122 full-time construction jobs.
Under the agreement, the state will provide financing to expand affordable rental housing for young working families and older city retirees. Officials told KFYO News that the 152 unit property, to be built by a private developer, will translate to more than $7 million in wages for the newly hired construction workers.