During the Great Recession of 2007-2009, small contractors (under ten employees) failed at a far higher rate than non-construction businesses. Big businesses like banks and car manufacturers got the most publicity. However, given the 200,000 business failures, the almost complete collapse of profitability and the immeasurable human cost — our industry was ground zero and will be again in the next recession. According to the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, slightly over 50% of residential builders failed during the great recession while profits for the survivors were practically non-existent.
Will we have another recession? Yes.
When will it start? No one knows. But the closer we get to the start the more reliable predictions become — kind of like predicting the weather.
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