Eighty percent of U.S. construction firms are unable to fill open slots with qualified workers, a new report showed, including both hourly and salaried positions.

Despite the fact that companies are raising wages to compete in a strengthening labor market, according to a survey from Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) most firms reported having a harder time filling open jobs over the past year when compared with years prior.

The problem is increasing across the country and at firms of all sizes, AGC found. Overall, there were 263,000 job openings in the industry as of July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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