Did you say Boston economic recovery? Tell that to my Boston construction friends at Harvard Gardens or at the Beacon Hill Tavern on Beacon Hill.

You might not know this, but the Massachusetts construction industry is still struggling in this “Great Recession.”

Look at these stats that I was told about:

* Greater Boston saw 6,972 building permits issued in 2010, a 62 percent decline versus 2005.

* Massachusetts had 108,708 construction jobs in July 2011, a 1.5% drop from June 2011.

* Nationally, in August the construction field shed 5,000 jobs.

File Under: The Not So Shovel Ready Massachusets economy.

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