In the years after the recession started in 2008, some 2 million construction workers were laid off. Chances are, these people have either found another line of work, or have retired.
Now the industry is experiencing worker shortage, and it’s having a hard time to keep up with the increasing amount of projects.
In addition, the existing construction workforce is aging, and it doesn’t look that young people are there to fill the ranks – most of them go to college.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 44% of the workers are 45 or older, and one in every five workers is 55 or older.
Just recently, the Associated General Contractors of America, an organization which represents 30,000 companies, presented a plan with which to attract more people to the industry. Some of the initiatives include establishing charter schools for technical training, starting non-union apprenticeship programs, and pushing for immigration reform.
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