flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

More Than Two-Thirds of Builders Experiencing Labor Shortages

Advertisement
billboard - default

More Than Two-Thirds of Builders Experiencing Labor Shortages


October 8, 2018
Wood plank
NAHB reports that 69 percent of its members' projects were delayed due to labor shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Clem Onojeghuo)

Two reports released in the summer of 2018 highlight the intensity of the nation's labor crunch in residential construction.

One report from Tradesmen International, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) data, finds that the industry currently has 143,000 vacant positions, and that 69 percent of NAHB members' projects were delayed due to labor shortages. A survey from the Associated General Contractors of America finds that additionally, “craft worker shortages are severe in all four regions of the country," with 81 percent of contractors in the West and South reporting “a hard time filling hourly craft positions,” 80 percent rate in the Midwest and 77 percent in the Northeast, The Post and Courier reports.

Contracting trade groups cite schools as a culprit, noting that many skilled workers dropped out of the construction industry when the late 2000s recession curtailed home building and related jobs. According to Tradesmen International, “a whole generation of younger workers are no longer even considering construction as a viable career option. Many high schools have phased out shop classes, and parents increasingly have steered graduates to four-year colleges and white-collar careers.”

Read more

Related Stories

NAHB

Seeking Bipartisan Solutions for the Housing Affordability Crisis

NAHB Policy Briefing | Housing is a bipartisan concern, with housing affordability a top-tier political issue; residential construction sees continuing labor shortage

Education + Training

Washington Builders Introduce New Workforce Training Programs to Tackle Labor Shortage

Industry leaders in Washington are rolling out a number of new training programs and initiatives meant to connect young adults with career opportunities in the skilled trades

Women in Construction

The Share of Women in Construction Is at a Record High, but How Did It Get There?

A skilled labor shortage is creating a pathway for greater diversity and inclusion in the construction workforce, and women are leading the charge

Advertisement
boombox1 -
Advertisement
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category




Advertisement
native2 - default
Advertisement
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.