Construction in 2017

Recently the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics and The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released data and news in regards to employment in the construction industry. Contractors associated with AGC and many that aren’t are optimistic about what 2017 has in store for the industry.

We have seen construction employment increase by 1.6% or 102,000 more jobs since 2015, even with the 3,000-employee decrease since last November. While this sounds great on the surface, the increase in employment was all in the residential construction field. Companies like ours faced losing 400 employees last year.

While our company and others like us in non-residential construction look upon 2017 favorably for the industry with hopes that higher demands of infrastructure, private investment and housing remain strong as they did through the end of 2016.

We are still facing an issue even though we expect demand to increase. According to a survey conducted by the AGC 73% of firms survey said they will increase their headcount in 2017. This becomes an issue when you take into consideration a former issue we have addressed on our blog, a lack of vocational training in high schools.

High schoolers now more than ever are leaving their schools with little or no skills applicable to the workforce. The construction industry and many other industries like it have been facing a shortage of qualified workers.

In 2017 we are optimistic about an increase in demand from both public and private sectors and wary of not having enough qualified workers to fulfill demand. We need administrations through all levels of government to invest in the next generation to help them be more educated, skilled and trained for specialized labor.

If you think this an issue too, please share and help bring this to light for our next generation!

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