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New homes undergo construction recently in the Inland Empire. Although the number of area construction jobs aren’t predicted to return to pre-recession levels soon, state projections foresee growth in the coming years. photos by rick sforza — staff photographer

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/13, 7:07 PM PST |

The California Employment Development Department projects about 69,300 Inland Empire construction jobs in 2020, a number which analysts calculated based on historical trends.

The number of construction jobs in the Inland Empire won’t be back to pre-recession levels anytime soon, according to state projections, but positive activity in the past year may hint at a brighter marketplace in the coming years.

The California Employment Development Department projects 16 percent growth by 2020.

The EDD projects about 69,300 Inland Empire construction jobs in 2020, according to a 2010 projection, which analysts calculated based on historical trends.

“We look back on what happened before 2010 and we project that out and we look at trends,” said Michael Goss of the EDD.

Still the numbers aren’t expected to match the high point of June 2006, when there were about 132,600 construction jobs in the Inland Empire.

That figure fell more than 55 percent with the recession. In recent years, levels have been around 60,000 construction jobs.

The number of construction jobs in August 2012 was about 65,000, which declined to a low point in January 2013 with about 57,000 jobs. But there was a 7.8 percent increase in those jobs from January to August this year, to 62,000, according to the data.

Redlands-based economist John Husing, who focuses on the Inland Empire, points to the increasing number of building permits being pulled for individual home lots from 2012 to 2013.

In the first six months, there were 2,072 permits for individual home lots, and single family residential home lots in the Inland Empire, Husing said. “In the first six months of 2013, there were 3,221. So it’s up by 1,149, which is a 55.5 percent increase.”

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