National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services, NAHETS Blog

May 10,2012

Posted by nahetsblog on May 9, 2012

Construction employment dipped by 5,000 jobs in April,2012 that was the first decline in the last seven months,ADP news bureau reported that we are still 16 percent below our all time high that peaked in the summer of 2008.These figures are based on the construction projects that are located in the largest 337 metropolitan areas,in April 2012 155 of those areas saw an increase in construction employment ,48 of them remained constant and 134 saw a decrease.The two areas that saw the largest increase were Denver and Aurura CO those two cities added 5,600 jobs in the last twelve months,the two cities that saw the largest decrease were Montgomery and Huntsville Alabama,and cnsidering what happened last year with the tornados that hard to understand why, they were down 18%and 19% respectively. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Detroit is ranked 94 on the list with a modest .1% increase in the last 12 months.

Bakersfield CA added 3,900 heavy equipment jobs over the last 12 months,that is a 30%increase over the same period of time one year ago,that seems like a large increase but they still have a long way to go to get back to the level they were at in 2008.The Milwaukee Journal is reporting that Caterpillar has been trying and trying to increase their market share in China without a lot of success so they are now planning on opening their own assembly plants over there,either build them from the ground up or acquire them through a purchase,the heavy equipment training is not taken as serious over there than it is here,one reason is the lack of heavy equipment schools,the short cut is on the job training but the one draw back to that is it is time consuming and you,re not always sure the person doing the training is well qualified.

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