Solving the Labor Shortage

We've had labor shortages before, but the one created by The Great Recession shows no sign of abating.

June 24, 2015

Both housing starts and remodeling permits are up, but the lack of skilled labor is holding back a full recovery in the construction industry. And it's not just a matter of finding new employees: The shortage has escalated wage and benefit competition so that some contractors are having trouble holding on to existing employees. In addition to a number of short-term solutions, industry leaders are calling for immigration reform as a possible long-term solution.
 
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