Logan sees 22 percent drop in construction jobs

Logan City Finance Director Richard Anderson disagrees with a Deseret News Story which says Logan lost the highest percentage of construction jobs in the nation between September 2010 and September 2011.The story cited

<a href=”http://www.agc.org/galleries/news/Metro.Empl.1109-Rank.pdf”>a report released by the Arlington, Virginia-based Associated General Contractors of America</a>

that showed that Logan lost 700 jobs, or 22 percent, of its construction positions during the 12-month period. The percentage drop was the largest among 337 metro areas in the nation. Anderson says he does not believe the situation is that bad.”I think construction in this valley has slowed significantly,” Anderson says. “Certainly, we’ve had jobs that have been lost and work is extremely slow in the construction sector. “I don’t question the fact that we’ve lost jobs. But being number one in the job loss category in the construction industry is probably a little bit of a stretch.”Anderson says he knows other places that are much worse off but he acknowledged that some major projects have come to completion. The largest job decrease occurred in the Atlanta, Georgia area where 7,800 jobs were lost, an 8 percent decline.Anderson says when you are in a small demographic area like Logan and major projects are completed it can have a large negative impact. He expects building to pick up as the economy recovers and interest rates stay low.

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