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Remodeling Labor Shortages


May 2, 2019
@alex_andrews | New survey data show that about 85 percent of remodelers reported a dearth of available carpentry workers in Q3 2018, and roughly 48 percent of respondents said the shortage was "serious."
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New survey data show that about 85 percent of remodelers reported a dearth of available carpentry workers in Q3 2018, and roughly 48 percent of respondents said the shortage was "serious."

The data analysis by the National Association of Home Builders shows that more than half of remodelers reported labor shortages in 12 out of 16 categories, and the biggest shortages were for the three carpenter categories, continuing the ongoing trend. More than 60 percent of remodelers also reported shortages of bricklayers and masons, concrete workers, and drywall installers. 

The RMI survey collected information on 16 specific occupations that were either specifically recommended by Home Builders Institute (NAHB’s workforce development arm) or that NAHB found to be particularly significant when tabulating Bureau of Labor Statistics data for a recent article on Young Adults & the Construction Trades.  

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