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2009: A Year to Forget for Architects and Engineers
January 20, 2010

Architecture and engineering executives painted a grim employment picture for the sector in a survey by The Zweig Letter, an industry trade publication from ZweigWhite.

Firm leaders reported that job losses in 2009 affected everybody- from highly qualified professionals to support staff, and in some cases the bleeding hasn’t stopped. According to the results of a The Zweig Letter survey conducted in the first week of January, some firms lost up to 50% of their staffs in 2009 — and some ultimately failed.

According to the online survey of 43 A/E firm leaders, 72% of respondents said their firms lost both professional and support staff in 2009, and 35% said they are considering additional staff cuts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review report for November, the A/E industry lost roughly 115,000 jobs between November 2008 and November 2009.

Seasonally adjusted report numbers show that 1.313 million people were employed by architectural and engineering services in November, compared to 1.428 million in November 2008. At its peak in April 2008, employment in the industry was 1.451 million. The November 2009 number represents the lowest employment for the A/E industry since 2005.

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