Where Have All the Workers Gone?
Construction unemployment declined to 8.2 percent in June, the lowest June level in six years. Despite signs of recovery, skilled trade workers ranks number one out of top ten hardest jobs to fill according to ManpowerGroup’s 2014 Talent Shortage Survey.
Shortages of labor and subcontractors have become substantially more widespread since 2013.The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) has projected there will be a shortage of two million commercial construction workers by 2017.
Many construction workers left to find other jobs during the recession; subsequently there is a serious lack of skilled laborers in the construction market.
Future worker shortages might still be averted with renewed interest and investment in vocational, educational programs designed to help prepare students for careers in construction and manufacturing as they enter the workforce.
In the meantime, many contractors are turning to temporary staffing agencies to help reduce recruiting costs. Across America, temporary work has become a mainstay of the economy. Every year, a tenth of all U.S. workers finds a job at a staffing agency. Last year, more than one in every 20 blue-collar workers was a temp.
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About Construct Corps, LLC: Construct Corps is a premier skilled labor construction staffing agency, providing qualified workers to commercial, industrial, and residential contractors on a temporary or long-term basis. Offering superior service since 2000, Construct Corps believes there is a right way to do things and that mutual success is the byproduct of sound principles. Combined with unique systems and processes that help insure a high staffing success rate, and Construct Corps is dispelling the myth that all construction staffing companies are the same.