Construction accounts for under five percent of all jobs in the U.S., but 20 percent of all jobs lost during the economic downturn have been construction jobs, making it the hardest hit industry.
Dave Cyr, president and founder of Parrish Construction in Perry, Georgia says they've seen their business drop in half, and the competition to get a building project has increased sharply.
"Most people in our business have had to lay off, and we've been relatively blessed, although our volume is down. We're keeping our people busy and we're just trying to survive, and hopefully the economy will come back to where we can thrive again," he told Here & Now's Robin Young.
Cyr says he doesn't believe in government spending to create jobs, but if there is going to be government spending, he would like it to go to construction projects.
- Dave Cyr, President and Founder of Parrish Construction Group in Perry, Georgia.
This segment aired on October 5, 2011.