Seventy percent of contractors have trouble finding workers

AGC survey indicates that fewer companies may be able to bid on projects.

September 06, 2017 |
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Amid a construction boom, 70% of construction firms say they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions, according to the results of an industry-wide survey by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Chronic labor shortages could have significant economic impacts absent greater investments in career and technical education, according to an AGC news release. The worker shortage could dampen competition in the construction industry.

“In the short-term, fewer firms will be able to bid on construction projects if they are concerned they will not have enough workers to meet demand,” said Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer for the Associated General Contractors.  “Over the long-term, either construction firms will find a way to do more with fewer workers or public officials will take steps to encourage more people to pursue careers in construction.”

Sandherr called on federal, state, and local officials to act on measures to address the growing worker shortages. In particular, he urged the Senate to pass legislation to reform and increase funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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