The deepening economic recession is taking a tremendous toll on construction workers. In May, construction’s unemployment rate jumped to 19.2%, more than double last year’s 8.6% rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest unemployment rate represents 1.77 million construction workers who are out of work. In May, total construction employment was 6.3 million, down from 7.3 million a year ago. Source: Bureau Of Labor Statistics. Unemployment Rate For May. Construction Unemployment
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.