A national trade association says Georgia lost roughly 4,800 construction jobs in the past year. The Associated General Contractors of America released state-by-state figures Tuesday that showed Georgia with 140,900 construction workers in September, down 3 percent from the same month last year.
Construction work has been growing nationally in recent months. However,Georgia is not seeing the same rebound in jobs. Brian Turmail with the Associated General Contractors of America says just three states lost more construction jobs than Georgia in the past year, but overall Georgia’s industry fell harder in the recession than others.
The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.