Sep 13, 2017ARIZONA 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.