Construction worker shortage is quietly getting worse

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) describes the construction shortage as a serious problem, nationwide. The association reports on the percentage of builders who reported a worker shortage in 2017, including:
77% of framers;
76% of rough carpenters;
74% of finished carpenters;
63% of bricklayers;
63% of concrete workers;
61% of drywall installers;
58% of roofers;
57% of plumbers;
56% of painters; and
53% of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) workers.
These are just some of the construction industries reporting worker shortages. It doesn’t include subcontractor shortages, which are even higher.
An aging (and retiring) construction workforce is partly to blame for the shrinking labor supply. Also to blame is the relocation of many undocumented residents who returned to their home countries following the housing bust. Other residents (immigrants and California natives alike) dropped out of the construction industry when jobs dried up following the housing crash.

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