Trump referred frequently during the campaign to the need for infrastructure improvement. However, he was not specific about how it would be funded. And moreover, virtually no Congress members made massive investment part of their campaigns.
“Getting a big infrastructure package through the Congress would be a major undertaking,” he said.
Construction was one of the sectors hit hardest in metro Atlanta during the recession as building ground to a halt. But the sector has been strong in metro Atlanta since the end of the recession and employment has grown steadily in the sector.
Demand for construction in Georgia will be led this year mostly by demand for retail space, warehouses and distribution centers – as well as the work spurred by multi-billion dollar improvements of the seaport in Savannah and the airport in Atlanta, said Kenneth Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors.
The AGC together with Sage Construction issued a report on the year's prospects, which is available here.
However, many laborers moved to other industries during the recession – or retired.
So contractors believe one of the biggest challenges is the lack of good workers, Simonson said. “Our survey shows 73 percent of contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers.”
That particular assertion has been contested by union officials – at least in metro Atlanta – who say the shortage is sometimes more about finding skilled labor at sub-union wages.
Georgia construction sector
Number of workers in Nov. 2012: 141,500
Number of workers in Nov. 2016: 179,300
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics