Contractors Struggle to Fill Jobs despite Hourly Earnings 10 Percent Higher than Private-Sector Average; Association Officials Call for Measures to Make it Easier to Set Up Construction Training Programs
Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, signaling a new burst of hiring after three months of pause, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged federal, state and local lawmakers to enact measures to make it easier for school officials, local associations and construction firms to set up construction training programs.
“Construction firms added employees over the past year at nearly double the rate of the overall economy, but the record-low unemployment rate for construction workers shows companies are having to reach outside the industry to fill positions,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Finding any qualified workers will likely become even harder with low unemployment throughout the economy.” Read more…. Construction Employment News Release July 7 2017