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Continued: More Minnesota contractors choosing to work for themselves

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 25, 2013 - 4:16 PM

The slow construction hiring reported by Minnesota’s labor market information office surprises Marv McDaris, division president for Pulte Homes. He said several of his firm’s subcontractors are adding employees. But firms are also having trouble finding people, for instance, to frame new homes, he said.

Construction workers bailed out or retired when the industry was at a standstill, and many haven’t returned. There are other options. Unemployment in the Twin Cities is just above 5 percent and jobs are available in the oil fields of North Dakota and the strong ag economy of the Upper Midwest.

“It’s almost like we lost a generation,” McDaris said.

And he doesn’t expect the industry to return to prerecession peak employment anytime soon.

“I’m hoping for some slow steady growth — I think that’s what’s best for the industry,” he said.

 

Adam Belz • 612-673-4405

Twitter: @adambelz

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