The economic argument that government can create construction jobs quickly by investing in infrastructure doesn’t begin to capture the employment benefits of infrastructure, a new Brookings Institution study reports.
Most of the jobs created by infrastructure investment in the nation are held by people who operate infrastructure systems and facilities.
Brookings found that laborers and freight, stock and materials handlers and movers accounted for 3,740 infrastructure jobs in the Albuquerque area. More than 5,500 workers drove trucks and delivery service vehicles. Thousands more operated buses, taxis and other transportation service equipment.
“By limiting infrastructure employment to construction alone, and viewing it largely in terms of stimulus spending, policy makers have not considered the breadth of infrastructure jobs found across the U.S. economy,” the report said.
Brookings found that “infrastructure employment spans across a variety of public and private sectors – from pipelines and railroads to warehouses and utilities – containing an array of jobs that pay competitive wages, have low barriers of entry and are expected to grow in years to come.”