In a report released by the Assocated General Contractors of America, noted that a large majority of construction firms are having a difficult time finding qualified craft workers for in-demand jobs. In response, the association has called for more technical school and new career programs.

Of the 1,358 survey respondents, 86 percent said they are having difficulty filling hourly craft or salaried professional positions. Seventy-nine percent of responding firms nationwide are having a hard time filling one or more of the 21 hourly craft professional positions, particularly carpenters (73 percent of firms that employ carpenters report difficulty), sheet metal installers (65 percent) and concrete workers (63 percent). In addition, 52 percent of firms are having a hard time filling salaried professional positions, especially project managers/supervisors (listed by 55 percent of firms that employ them), estimators (43 percent) and engineers (34 percent), noted AGC’s chief economist, Ken Simonson.  

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