Construction industry up and down across the globe

As the worldwide economy rebounds from the recession, the construction industry is seeing gains in some parts of the globe and struggling in others.

One place where construction appears to be up is California, where a drastic increase in the number of building permits issued has forced San Francisco's Department of Building Inspection to hire nearly 80 building inspectors, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Between December 2008 and May 2009, 78 department employees were let go, but now the agency is seeking to re-fill those positions to cope with the apparent construction boom the region is experiencing.

Some large-scale projects that have reportedly been a major factor in the department's rehiring of building inspectors include the construction of a new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission building and work at the Transbay Transit Center, according to the news provider.

Things haven't been quite so rosy Down Under, as business confidence in Australia's construction industry declined in March, according to Bloomberg. A National Australia Bank Ltd. survey found that natural disasters such as flooding in Queensland may have held the nation's economy back in the first quarter of 2011. The news source reports that a weak period for the construction industry hurt Australia's business confidence level.