Monday, June 20, 2016

Site Builders Running Short of Skilled Labor

Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between May 2015 and May 2016 while construction employment only increased in 19 states between April and May, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said monthly construction employment levels declined in most states as many firms appear to be running out of workers to hire amid growing labor shortages.

Darn, there is another modular home being finished. Maybe that's what I should do!

New Jersey added the most construction jobs between April and May (2,900 jobs, 1.9 percent). Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include Florida (2,500 jobs, 0.6 percent), Oklahoma (1,800 jobs, 2.2 percent), Virginia (1,700 jobs, 0.9 percent) and Washington (1,600 jobs, 0.9 percent). Oklahoma added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month, followed by New Jersey, Alaska (1.8 percent, 300 jobs) and Hawaii (1.8 percent, 700 jobs).

Construction employment declined in 30 states and D.C. during the past month and held steady in Indiana. Texas shed more construction jobs than any other state (-3,400 jobs, -0.5 percent), followed by Wisconsin (-3,200 jobs, -2.7 percent), Pennsylvania (-2,900 jobs, -1.2 percent) and California (-2,800 jobs, -0.4 percent). Vermont lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between April and May (-6.1 percent, -1,000 jobs), followed by West Virginia (-5.8 percent, -1,900 jobs), Wisconsin and Missouri (-2.3 percent, -2,700 jobs).

No wonder modular home factories are seeing an increase in sales volumes in both residential and commercial work.

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