In 2006, St. Paul, Minn., set a goal: it wanted each company with a city contract to have 10% of its workforce be workers with disabilities. Disabled employees accounted for less than 1% of the construction workforce in the city last year, contractors said. "The industry went from a trillion-dollar industry five years ago to $800 billion-a-year that lost over 2 million jobs in five years. No one's discriminating against these folks. It's just that you can't offer jobs you don't have," said Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America.

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