(IDAHO FALLS) – A tough economy has hurt almost every inch of the job sector, including construction jobs. KIDK reports that general contractors from around the area are still seeing fewer job opportunities than they did in 2007. In the first half of 2007, Idaho Falls issued 196 building permits for single-family homes, this year the number has dwindled to 37. Builders remain optimistic however. Economists say the housing market may be headed for an upward trend.