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Southwest Missouri News--Joplin

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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

The construction business looks good for the Joplin area.

The F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill reports building contracts for the Joplin metropolitan area are on the rise.

The rise comes in Newton and Jasper counties, and centers on non-residential areas of the market.

Non-residential contracts for last month were up 55 percent from the previous year.

Contracts in this area have increased by more than 60 percent over last year, totaling more than $88 million in worth.

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