Construction staffing to rise in Louisville as area adds jobs


Construction staffing to rise in Louisville as area adds jobs
Construction staffing to rise in Louisville as area adds jobs

Construction staffing has been strong in Louisville, Kentucky, as the number of related positions in the area has increased by 800 between November 2010 and the same month in 2011, according to data provided by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

This upswing in activity is in stark contrast to the construction employment situation in the rest of the state, according to Louisville Business Journal. The number of construction jobs in the state dropped by 6,100 during the same period, a decline of 9 percent. While the industry provided 84,235 people with work in 2008, that number dwindled to 67,795 by 2010, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Representatives of the AGC have predicted that a planned 6.2 percent reduction in federal spending in construction and infrastructure will cause construction employment in various locations to deteriorate further, Louisville Business Journal reports.

"There is no avoiding the pain that comes any time the single largest purchaser of construction services cuts investments by nearly 20 percent in two years," Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, said in a news release, according to the media outlet. He added that the fiscal 2012 construction budget will drop 18 percent, and that compensating for this cutback will require significant expansion in the private sector.

Various local projects are assisting in the creation of construction jobs in Louisville, however. The Metropolitan Sewer District's (MSD) $850 sewer renovation plan has created hundreds of jobs in the area, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

The sewer renovation was crucial to an arrangement ironed out with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that was designed to prevent bodies of water from being contaminated by sewage when the system meant to overload exceeds capacity, the media outlet reports.

One example of the project to result from the renovation plan is a $4.2 million sewer line that is being installed by Basham Construction of Louisville, according to the media outlet. Jerry Corum, who serves as foreman for the Basham crew, stated that without the MSD project, he would need to look for work in another state. He added that the project has employed as many as 15 workers at rates as high as $23 an hour.

Construction staffing in the region could benefit from these local projects.