Seventy-Four Percent of Construction Firms Report Having Trouble Finding Qualified Workers

Nationwide Survey Finds Most Firms Worry There Are Not Enough Craft Workers Available to Meet Growing Demand for Construction as Officials Call for Immigration and Education Reform to Help

Seventy-four percent of construction firms across the country report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse according to the results of an industry wide survey released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials called for immigration and education reform measures to help avoid worker shortages.

“Many construction firms are already having a hard time finding qualified workers and expect construction labor shortages will only get worse,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America.  “We need to take short and long term steps to make sure there are enough workers to meet future demand and avoid the costly construction delays that would come with labor shortages.”

Read the full release here. The news was covered by local TV and radio in San Antonio and other markets across the country, the San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Express News as well as stories on San Antonio Fox 29, News 4 San Antonio, KSTX San Antonio, and in the San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio Business Journal, New Orleans Times Picayune, Des Moines Register, Sarasota Herald Tribune, KUFH Houston NPR, Daily Comet, Bakersfield Californian, Dayton Business Journal, Denver Business Journal, Northern Colorado Business Report, Phoenix Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times, Equipment World and again in the San Antonio Business Journal.

Click here for AGC's analysis and survey results. View the national results here.

To view survey results by state: Colorado Florida Georgia Iowa Louisiana Minnesota Missouri North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oregon South Carolina Texas Virginia Wisconsin