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Construction industry struggling but booming in Southern Arizona

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TUCSON (KVOA) - If you are a construction worker in Tucson, consider yourself lucky.

The industry has taken a toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in Tucson, business is booming.

However, in other parts of the country and even the state of Arizona, it is the complete opposite.

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the coronavirus has derailed the region's once-thriving industry.

The Phoenix metro area has gone from one of the fastest-growing construction job markets to an area that has lost more construction jobs than most parts of the country.

That amounts to 1.4% from a year ago and 31% from the peak of the state, which was back in 2006.

Nationwide, construction jobs are down. But some areas in Arizona did add construction jobs in the past year.

Tucson added 500 jobs and the Sierra Vista-Douglas area added 100.

That is great news for Southern Arizona, but not our neighbors in the Valley.

"Unfortunately, after glimmers of hope over the summer, it looks like the resurgent coronavirus will have a more lasting and dramatic impact on the economy and demand for construction than many have hoped," said Associated General Contractors of America Ken Simonson.

Construction companies in Tucson say, if you are looking for a job, give them a call.

Allie Potter

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