Behind the unemployment numbers in the construction industry

In Nevada, which lost a significant percentage of its construction workforce in the last six years, there were 52,100 construction workers as of April 2013 versus its peak of 148,300 workers in 2006. "In the last three years, 800,000 people in construction have gotten jobs at a different industry, gone back to school or dropped out of the workforce," said Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America. "Overall, there are still a lot of people out there who are saying, "I’m unemployed, I’m looking for work, and my last job was construction."

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