02 Apr '13, 6pm

The Health of the Economy is Tied to the Building Sector.

The Health of the Economy is Tied to the Building Sector.

As the economic recession of 2008 clearly demonstrated, a weak Building Sector can have significant impacts on the overall strength of the U.S. economy. Between 2007 and 2011, Commercial Real Estate (CRE) transactions dropped 90% and private construction spending on commercial projects fell by 40%. In the residential market, private construction spending fell by over 50% and housing starts fell by close to 60%. This plummeting demand for projects led to sky-rocketing unemployment – between 2007 and 2011 the construction industry as a whole lost over two million jobs. The Building Sector contraction not only slowed economic recovery, but also negatively affected the local and federal tax base, leading to large deficits and local and state government spending cuts.

Full article: http://architecture2030.org/the_problem/problem_economy

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