As we prepare the Mid-Year Outlook for Midwest Construction's August/September issue, we are asking for your input. 

Despite two consecutive months of job growth, the construction industry's 21.8 percent unemployment rate remains more than twice the national average..

We'd like to know if your construction or design firm adding or subtracting jobs, or is it holding steady compared to a year ago? Tell us in our poll, then we invite you to explain further as a comment to this blog. You may choose to remain anonymous.

We’re interested in the following (but please don't feel you must limit your comments to these questions):

What have you done to combat job losses, such as expansions in your territory, diversification into other markets, reduced work hours etc.?

* What are your current job markets? Were they different a year or two ago?

 What is your employment forecast for the remainder of the year?

Other issues? Feel free to provide other comments related to employment or the economy.