Of 1,358 survey respondents, 86 percent of contractors say that they are having a difficult time filling key “craft and salaried jobs.” This means that competition for skilled workers is increasing as labor shortages become more sever. Based on the survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, contractors have had to up their pay-rate and contracting firms have had to increase their reliance on subcontractors. 

This trend also comes as less and less people are being exposed to vocational training that would shuffle students into the construction industry.

Few firms across the country have been immune from growing labor shortages in the construction industry…The sad fact is too few students are being exposed to construction careers or provided with the basic skills needed to prepare for such a career path.

- Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer for the Associated General Contractors.  

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