|Sep 13, 2017||ARIZONA CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN HIGH DEMAND, SHORT SUPPLY||
As the construction industry continues to add jobs to the economy, finding skilled workers in the trades are becoming harder to come by.|
A new report by the Associated General Contractors of America shows the majority of firms are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions such as
carpenters, electricians, painters, and laborers.
"Most firms believe labor shortages will remain difficult, or get even worse, during the next 12-months," the report says. "If the kind of workforce shortages the industry is experiencing persists, there will be significant short-term and long-term implications for the broader U.S. economy."
Several construction-related businesses such as the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, the Arizona Transportation Builders Association, and multiple construction companies, small and large, are having a hard time bidding on construction jobs because they might not have the man-power to complete those jobs.
The long-term report says companies will turn to new technology such as drones, robotics, and GPS-guided equipment to compensate, thus eliminating some construction jobs for the future.