As we careen toward the November election, there does not seem to be much upon which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree. One of those very few things, however, is the opportunity to create good paying jobs by rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. And for good reason.
It is estimated that more than 14 million jobs – about 11 percent of civilian workforce in the U.S. – are directly related to infrastructure. These span a multitude of professions from pilots and truck drivers, to dock workers and engineers. What’s more: A recent reportfrom the U.S. Departments of Education, Transportation, and Labor finds that the transportation sector alone is projected to add 417,000 net jobs from 2012 to 2022 due just to growth in the industry. Another 4.2 million workers will need to be hired to fill positions created due to retirement and other changes.