Warm Weather Is Here, Construction Is Not

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

From the new wing on the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State College to a new commercial building on Main Street, there are construction projects underway in Mesa County, but building permits to begin new projects are way down.
Total permits are down nearly 63% from May of 2008 to May of 2009, a trend forcing many workers in the Valley to be flexible to keep bringing in a pay check.
According to numbers at the Mesa County Building Department there is a huge drop in building permits this May.
The total number of permits for commercial projects have been slashed by 75% from last May.
Even more alarming, all permits have been slash by three-quarters since 2007.
With fewer permits, that means a lower cash flow for the County's Building Department.
The now 13–person staff had to let two people go, and didn't replace three others who had to quit.
Finding a job in construction is not getting any easier in the warmer months.
There were 2,054 construction workers applying for a job through the Workforce Center all trying to compete for nine job orders.


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