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DENVER – Colorado hasn’t experienced this sort of construction boom since 2007. More projects require more jobs, which is good news for anyone looking to get into the construction industry.

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Colorado added 16,900 construction jobs from February 2014 to February 2015.

Tony Milo, Executive Director at the Colorado Contractors Association expects that number to keep climbing.

“We may need another 6,000 skilled construction workers within the next year or two,” Milo explained.

The focus should be on the word ‘skilled’. The state has seen plenty of beginners come in, but it lost a majority of its skilled workers when the recession hit around 2008.

“While the rest of the country was in a recession, the construction industry was in a depression, “Milo said.

Most skilled construction workers high-tailed it for the oil industry and never looked back.

Overall, contractors like Gary Constant of GH Phipps believe the state needs about 60,000 additional construction workers – including beginners and skilled workers.

“I feel we’re missing about the equivalent of people compared to what would fill a football field,” Constant said.

Beginners can earn about $15-20 an hour. Skilled workers can make about $60,000-75,000 a year.

Learn more about Colorado’s available construction jobs here.

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