Monday, June 18th, 2018 by Danielle Beaver
According to multiple sources, over 200,000 construction jobs still unfulfilled in 2018. “The demand for residential homes is far outpacing our capacity to build them. A recent survey by HomeAdvisor lays it out in bleak terms: Of the firms surveyed, 93 percent said they believed the labor shortage is standing in the way of their growth.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 1,449,400 jobs were available. Since then the labor market in construction has only gotten tighter.
Why has this happened?
By nature, construction projects are temporary and seasonal, which makes construction work unpredictable in terms of payment; and could explain the diversion from such work. Also, the repeal of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program by President Trump is causing many immigrants to be deported. An estimated 700,000 construction workers are living in the U.S. under the DACA program and immigrant workers comprise nearly 25% of the overall construction workforce and accounting for an average of 30% in the construction trades. As a result of the timing, pay, and amount of immigrant workers, the construction job market is growing in jobs but declining in employment.
What can we do to help the labor shortage?
Although there may not be a quick fix, what we can do as a nation is changing the demographics of where our construction force comes from and/or, of course, immigration reform. We can change the demographic by focusing on trade programs in high school, change the stigma of construction, implement more training programs, and/or increase the compensation of construction jobs.
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