Where Are All the Construction Workers?

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June 10, 2015

It’s no news that the construction industry is experiencing a labor shortage. Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Sparshott explores why.

“As of last month, the sector was still more than 1.3 million jobs shy of its bubble-era peak,” he writes. “If workers are out there, builders can’t seem to find them.”

After reaching out to industry professionals, Sparshott collects anecdotal information, such as the possibility that the older construction workers quit altogether after the Great Recession, while others went on to other occupations.

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