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Infrastructure projects could support 28,500 jobs next year: WTBA

The 2009-11 state budget for transportation infrastructure and remaining federal stimulus projects will support more than 28,500 jobs in the state over the next year, according to Pat Goss, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association.

State and federal leaders have focused on infrastructure projects as a way to jumpstart the economy. Unemployment figures released by the federal government show that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of 7.6 percent is more than 2-1/2 points lower than the national rate.

Goss, in a press release, credits the preparedness of the road construction industry, Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation and legislative leaders for aggressively pursuing federal stimulus funds for road construction projects throughout the state.

The Federal Highway Administration estimates that every $1 billion invested in highway construction improvements supports nearly 28,000 jobs, the release said.

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