If you are a skilled crafts worker in the construction industry, boy do we have good news for you. Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC America, recently spoke to the Denver AGC at the Denver Union Station about the looming labor shortages in the construction industry. Cathy Proctor, a reporter for the Denver Business Journal, reported on the Simonson speech in which he said, “Two-thirds of the nation’s construction firms say they are having trouble finding people.” Additionally he went on to say, “About 79 percent of the firms say they expect construction worker shortages will continue or get worse in 2014.”
In Colorado, one of the top 10 metros, there will be a need to add another 5,000 construction workers this year alone according to Michael Gifford, the president and CEO of AGC Colorado.
That bodes well for those looking for construction jobs, but Simonson said again as he has in his other speeches that during the recession, the industry lost over 800,000 jobs and workers. Read more » about Denver and the Rest of the Country Having Labor Pains