The rise in construction projects across the country is great for the economy; however, it does create some obstacles for the construction industry. The construction companies are challenged as it relates to the need for skilled labors who are knowledgeable and competent at their craft. These include Carpenters, Electricians, Roofers, Plumbers, Brick Masons, Pipe Fitters, Boiler Makers etc.
Last week an article appeared on the McClatchyDC website referencing this topic. Included in the story was a quote from Jason Hodges, Director of Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (MO-KAN LECET): "I don't think there is a worker shortage as much as a shortage of exceptionally cheaper labor". Read the entire article here.
In September 2015, the Associated General Contractors of America published an article referencing this same topic: Nationwide Survey finds 86% of Contractors Have Difficulty Filling Key Crafts and Salaried Jobs as Demand for Construction Increases.
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