Since the recession of 2007-2008, many American blue-collar workers have felt the pinch. Slowed domestic growth and low interest rates halted many large construction projects. In Savannah, however, things are looking bright. With 12 million visitors a year and 4,000 newly added hotel rooms in just the last decade, Savannah is feeling some growing pains. But this is great for those in the construction trades, many of whom suffered for half a decade during the economic downturn. Here are three industries to keep an eye on.
- General Carpentry
According to a recent New York Times article, the Port of Savannah is the fourth-largest container port in the country. With the influx of new freight and ease of accessing major shipping lanes, such as I-95 and I-20, construction efforts are booming in the Savannah area. With it, the city expects to see general carpentry jobs. The port supports nearly 36,000 jobs regionally, and as a result of expected growth, jobs in the carpentry trades may well exceed the 6 percent annual increase seen nationally.
Though shipbuilding has not historically been a significant industry in Savannah since World War II, there are several growing shipbuilding companies, like MegaYacht, that are expected to increase hiring as the explosion of shipping and port traffic continues. This comes just a few years after Colonial Oil bought out Global Ship Systems in 2010 after years of inactivity. This type of growth further underscores the rebirth of the local industrial economy.
- New Home Construction
It is not just commercial growth in the construction industry that has been expanding in the past five years; companies like Choate Construction continue to break new ground on projects throughout the region. For instance, in 2015, Choate announced plans to construct a residential apartment complex, which is expected to open in the Fall of 2016. This $41 million project demonstrates a huge demand for rental housing in the wake of unprecedented growth.
What This Means for Savannah Workers
Growth is a wonderful thing, and it generally means lower unemployment rates, a healthier economy, and a surge of new residents with a fresh atmosphere of youth and vitality. It also means new construction and blue-collar jobs for the skilled labor trades. These jobs, while often lucrative and in demand, also carry with them higher than normal risks of injury. Construction workers often suffer injuries ranging from muscle strains and broken bones to serious or even fatal accidents on the job site.
What to Do If Injured on the Job
If you are an injured worker in Savannah, you should ensure your rights are protected. Do not rely on the company or its insurance company to take care of things. You deserve aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation. Contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today.