California Offers Help To Laid-off Construction Workers

Staff | September 28, 2010

Sacramento, CA— Even though California construction workers have been hit hard by the economic slowdown, there are opportunities for re-training or to start an infrastructure apprenticeship thorough the Employment Development Department.

According to the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) in April 2008, California construction employment was down by 81,700 workers from the same time last year. The Inland Empire — Riverside and San Bernardino Counties — has seen a loss of some 16,000 construction jobs in that time, according to state data. Those counties and Orange County are in line to receive a total of $2.5 million for re-training programs.

The following apprenticeship opportunities are from California Employment Development Dept. ( to help direct laid-off construction workers: