Fig. 5. A majority of the firms on the Top 30 list are predicting an increase in backlog for 2012. Another sign of the industry’s recovery lies in employment numbers. Although construction unemployment remained at around twice the level of general unemployment for most of 2011, 22 firms on the Top 30 list reported adding employees last year, whereas only nine revealed laying off employees that year (Fig. 6). Additionally, 28 firms on the Top 30 ...
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