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Construction jobs off 23 percent in Cache Valley

(Herald Journal) The Logan area lost 23 percent of its construction jobs from November 2008 to November 2009, according to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America (ACG).

The decline ranks Logan 16th among metropolitan areas in the U.S. that have lost the most construction jobs. As for actual numbers, Logan’s employed construction workforce dropped from 3,100 workers in late 2008 to 2,400 workers in late 2009.

“It’s dead out there,” said Wayne Anderson, vice-president of Logan-based Darrell W. Anderson, Inc., a construction firm operating in three states.

Sixty percent of the firm’s business is building schools. Work in that sector hasn’t dropped off much, Anderson said. But the remaining 40 percent of the firm’s work — building offices and structures to house industrial operations — is down 80 percent.

“We’ve seen those really tail off,” Anderson said.

Fewer jobs means fewer employees — 62 people were on staff payroll two years ago. Now there are 32. The firm has not filled some positions left open.

The ACG calculations show construction plummeting in several other Utah cities: St. George ranks fifth. Utah’s fastest growing area lost 1,600 construction jobs from the 5,900 tallied in November 2008. Ogden ranked 23rd worst with a 21 percent decline, while Salt Lake and Provo tied for 33rd worst with a 20 percent decline. ACG surveyed 337 metropolitan areas.

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