Recent Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) data indicates an expansion in construction employment in the District of Columbia and 37 states in July compared with a year ago, but only 28 states and D.C. added construction jobs between June and July.
“Construction continues to grow overall, but fewer states are participating in the expansion than was true a year ago,” Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist, said. “The uneven growth reflects the cross-cutting trends in the overall economy, as tight government budgets, plunging commodity prices and weak overseas demand lead to project cancellations in some states, even while activity accelerates elsewhere.”
AGC officials have said contractors throughout the U.S. are experiencing shortages of qualified workers. Even though construction may be in high demand, it can be difficult to find laborers with the experience to fill positions. The seriousness of these shortages will continue to grow as the demand for construction increases. This may raise the prices of construction.
“Education officials need to include high-paying jobs in construction among the career choices they encourage and help prepare students to pursue,” AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr said.