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Building permits outpacing 2012

San Diego County agencies approved 4,972 units through July, up 43.2

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, August 30, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, economist at National University System Institute for Policy Research, said construction jobs, after dropping to 55,000 now stand at about 60,000 -- a level that's far below the peak of 95,000 during the 2000s boom. 

"So we haven't hired that many people," he said.