Worker shortage affecting the construction industry
November 30, 2012
The current state of the economy has left many Americans jobless, forcing them to try to resurrect their career in other industries. However, the country's recovering home-building sector is not enough to get people interested in construction jobs.
USA Today reported that the construction industry lost 2.2 million workers between January 2007 and last year, and contractors are struggling to find workers to complete their projects. The layoffs caused by the lack of home-building pushed many construction workers to either retire or seek new employment in a different sector.
"It has been a shock for us," Milton Chicas, who heads recruiting for commercial builder Wayne Bros., told the news source. "There are so many folks out of work right now, we thought we were going to have a large amount of individuals coming through the door."
Many contractors are beginning to offer training programs for those interested in working for them. Complete with lessons on how to use the firm's construction software and the policies held by the company.