The Associated General Contractors of America surveyed 700 construction firms throughout the nation in December and January about the health of the construction industry and of their own companies.
Here’s how Ohio firms answered the survey’s questions:
Did you add or lay off employees in 2009?
Added: 21 percent
Laid off: 64 percent
No change: 43 percent
Do you plan to add or lay off workers in 2010?
Add: 29 percent
Lay off: 29 percent
No Change/Don’t Know: 50 percent
Has your company been awarded at least one stimulus-funded contract?
Yes: 29 percent
No: 71 percent
Has the stimulus helped you retain staff?
Yes: 25 percent
No: 75 percent
Has the stimulus allowed you to add new staff?
Yes: 0 percent
No: 100 percent
When do you expect the construction market to grow again?
2010: 14 percent
2011: 43 percent
2012: 36 percent
Later: 7 percent
Source: Associated General Contractors of America