Construction industry workers weigh in on challenges of finding and retaining employees

Aug 31, 2017

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A new survey from the Associated General Contractors of America found that 70 percent of construction firms are having a hard time finding skilled workers like carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers.

More than 1600 firms were surveyed across the country – 97 were from California. Most do public works, commercial, industrial and apartment construction (single-family home builders were not part of the survey). Seventy-five percent of the firms surveyed in the western part of the U.S. said they were struggling to fill construction positions, up from 71 percent in 2016. About 70 percent said they were still planning to grow their crews in the coming year to meet demand.

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Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America, who conducted the survey

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