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Workers Wonder Where the Jobs Are

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LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of unemployed Nevadan's want to know where all the jobs are, and UNLV is holding a discussion to try and tackle that question and whether any jobs are coming back.

Economic officials say the Great Recession zapped up to 90,000 jobs from the construction industry in Nevada, and most of those jobs are likely gone for good. 

Brookings Mountain West Director Robert Lang says at it's peak, the construction industry made up 12 percent of the regional economy. For a healthy, diversified economy, he says that should be closer to five percent.

The construction bubble burst at the same time around the country, sending workers to the unemployment lines.

"There are things that could be done. For example, we need a highway around Boulder to connect to Interstate 40. If we could get that, we'd have an unbroken highway that connects to the main east-west truck line and it would improve us as a location for logistics," said Lang.

Dr. Lang says jobs have gone to places in the Midwest like Texas and the Dakotas. Those areas are rich with energy and energy jobs are in demand right now.

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