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WASHINGTON, DC-The one benefit of the hurricane–a pick-up in construction employment due to the cleanup–is not likely to deliver much of a boost, Associated General Contractors of America economist Ken Simonson tells GlobeSt.com. “It will not lead to immediate work for clean-up crews or any kind of employment stabilization,” he says. “Most of the real construction work takes months or years at any rate and will not provide a short-term boost. In some cases, business and property owners will decide it is not financially viable to rebuild.”

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