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With More Construction, Comes More Jobs
High-Speed Rail Project Hires 2,000+ Workers


California's unemployment rate has lowered. Jobs in the construction industry have increased in 2018.

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, there is still an overall labor shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry nationwide, but construction companies have been able to gradually add people to their workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the increase of construction employment in 256 out of 358 metropolitan areas from April 2017 to April 2018. The BLS also stated that 25,000 construction jobs were added in May 2018.

The nation's first high-speed rail project that began in 2015 has had a large impact on California's Central Valley employment. According to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, since the start of the project, over 2,000 jobs have been created at more than twenty construction sites. Almost 1,000 of those workers live in Fresno County. Many of the organizations have partnered with each other to train and hire workers for the project, which includes career and apprenticeship opportunities such as electricians, ironworkers, and painters.

San Francisco's Pier 70 renovation project is also underway. There will be three phases in the development process. The Port of San Francisco and private developer Forest City anticipate the first phase of the project to be finished by 2022, with the entire development completed in the next 15 to 20 years. In that time period, the project is expected to generate about 10,000 construction jobs.

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August 17, 2019, 11:05 am PDT

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