Construction employment increased by 5,000 jobs in November and by 282,000 jobs over the past year while the industry’s average pay continued increases and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called on public officials to enhance career training and education and employment-based immigration reform to ensure an adequate supply of qualified workers.
“Demand for construction remains strong and pay is rising faster than in the overall economy,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But contractors are having increasing difficulty finding qualified workers as industry unemployment slides to historic lows.”
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