The unemployed construction worker who had a beer with Barack Obama last year is still out of work.
Last year Barack Obama popped into a local Florida pub and had a beer with a group of unemployed Florida construction workers between fundraisers. At least one of those construction workers is still out of work.
For the first time in five years, there was a groundbreaking for a brand new condominium complex in Downtown Orlando.
On Tuesday, construction officially began for the brand new luxury Steel House apartments.
The $40 million project is expected to create 250 to 300 jobs and should be “move-in”ready by next fall.
The downturn in the economy has severely slowed down residential development in the city. “We’ll be hiring almost exclusively from Central Florida,” said the project’s developer, Marc Pollack.
According to America for Labor data, Florida is the second to worst state for losing construction jobs.
We caught up with one of the unemployed construction workers who met with President Barack Obama for a beer this past October during a fundraising stop in Orlando. Mark McKim says he’s still looking for work.
“It’s not just me, it’s the whole nation, it’s been bad for a year or two at least with the construction market and no one’s building homes,” said McKim.
Obama is the worst jobs president since the Great Depression but at least he bought a round of beers for the guys.