With construction jobs booming, extra hands scarce

In an Associated General Contractors survey with Autodesk of more than 165 Northeast builders published recently of contractors looking to hire hourly tradesmen for construction jobs, 86 percent said they had difficulties filling those jobs. The effect of worker shortages is cascading into projects, according to AGC. Nearly half of U.S. general contractors told the association it is taking them longer to complete projects. About a quarter say they are baking longer timelines into their bids for future work in anticipation of problems securing qualified tradespeople.


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