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As Construction Hiring Improves, Nature Of Jobs Change

As Florida’s housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights.

“I couldn’t afford to sit at home for a month here and a month there,” said Rager, 53.

Now Rager is back in construction, working with a crew on a custom-built home in Orlando, framing walls “and doing a little bit of everything.” In the past four years, hundreds of thousands of workers have returned to construction, making it among the nation’s fastest growing job sectors.

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