Housing boom leads to more construction job openings
A new report has found encouraging news for the construction industry, as the housing boom begins to create more jobs not only for skilled trade workers, but for also for designers, engineers and management firms.
According to the study from financial analysis firm Sageworks, the majority of privately held construction companies posted more jobs across several categories over the past year, with single-family housing starts in this year expected to jump 23 percent, Forbes reports.
However, a labor shortage of qualified workers appears to actually be holding the industry back. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders in March found that approximately half its members are having a difficult time finding talent.
"I can't find qualified people to fill the positions that I have open," Vishaal Gupta, president of Florida-based Park Square Homes, told The Association Press. He added that if not for the labor shortage, "I would be able to build more homes this year and meet more demand than I can handle today."
The shortage reportedly is especially problematic in states where new home demand is highest due to a rebounding economy, including Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.« Back