Bucking the employment trend
Tough times persist for those in the construction industry, with the Associated General Contractors of America reporting 27 states and Washington, D.C., lost construction jobs in May, more than at any point since June 2011.
And while the glass industry continues to experience job losses of its own--within the past two years, at least six contract glaziers have closed their doors--there is some encouraging news on the employment front.
According to Glass Magazine's Top 50 Glaziers annual survey, glaziers began adding to their workforces in 2011, with 62 percent of respondents reporting an increase in employees from 2010. This is in stark contrast to the previous year, when the majority of respondents reported a decrease in their workforce.
It might be too early to label this an "upward trend," and the Top 50 Glazier statistics do not include employment figures for those firms that went out of business. But, it does mark the second year in a row in which employment stats among the Top 50 Glaziers moved in a positive direction, and that's a start.
Chase is editorial director of Glass Magazine, GlassMagazine.com and e-glass weekly. Write her at email@example.com.