I’m in the consulting engineering business. I guarantee that the stimulus money was a flash in the pan at the best. Also, we are a $35 million per year company and we are still cutting jobs, not adding. There is little to no development going on! This is also in the center of the country where things are better than on the coasts.
In Kansas City, the estimated unemployment for Architects is 30%. Engineering and Architecture business is a leading, not lagging indicator.
One architectural engineering firm in the Atlanta area went from a headcount of 450+ to 68 over the past year. I was talking w/ two civil engineers this past weekend who do not see commercial projects of any significance picking back up in the foreseeable future. They were not optimistic.