POWER CONSTRUCTION Jobs at risk after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the United States Department of Labor said Wednesday, in a statement that included a list of major construction jobs in the country that have been shuttered.
The department’s report said nearly half of the job losses in construction related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were in the construction industry.
It also listed an estimated 2,000 construction jobs that have closed in the past two weeks, mostly due to construction of stormwater infrastructure in New Orleans and elsewhere.
The agency said the losses in the industry are the largest since the recession of the early 2000s, and that the federal government is not taking any additional measures to address the job loss issue.
The report was released as President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $5.1 billion grant for stormwater projects and the Department of Homeland Security announced it would spend $25 million to rebuild damaged infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said it will begin buying hurricane shelters and building more to cope with the massive influx of people.
The U.S. government has yet to say how many jobs will be lost in the energy sector during the storm, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the average number of job losses during a hurricane season is 1,200.
The industry has been hit hard by the economic downturn and the government’s financial crisis that has seen tens of thousands of jobless workers leave the industry.
The economic downturn, however, has been compounded by a lack of qualified workers for many construction and other job positions.