Across the Nation, Construction Jobs Surge

Construction jobs are experiencing a surge around the country as various companies look to fill positions as fast as they can publish a help-wanted ad. And in some cases, the jobs are not filling fast enough.

Take the state of Nevada. Aaron West, who is the CEO of the Nevada Builders Alliance, told the Elko Daily Free Press that the future for construction jobs in his state is bright, provided there are enough people interested in the work.

Part of the issue, according to West, is that some job seekers aren't aware of the different facets a job in construction could constitute.

"We need everybody in all aspects," West told the publication. "So that's everything from designers, architects, civil engineers, material testers - through the dirt work side of it, through the vertical work side of it."

How does this misunderstanding of the industry affect the next generation of construction workers? West said that 7 percent of the construction workers in Nevada are 24 years or younger.

And it's not just the Battle Born State that is looking for more workers in construction.

Recently, ABC15 in Arizona did a story on Lesley Millhouser, a stay-at-home mom who in her free time attends Colorado Homebuilding Academy, which was created by Oakwood Homes.

The academy's director, Michael Smith, told the news agency that the school was a response to the labor shortage in the construction industry around the country. Students like Millhouser attend classes two nights a week for eight weeks at the academy for free. At the end of the course, the academy assists the students in finding employment.

Rising Trend

Earlier this month the Associated General Contractors of America released a report that in the past year (October 2016 to October 2017), 41 states added construction jobs.

The ADP National Employment report in October presented a positive outlook on the number of jobs added in the country. In particular was the rise in construction jobs.

According to CNBC, goods-production companies added 85,000 new jobs in October. Of that amount, 62,000 reportedly came from construction.

But the trend is beyond data for one month. It's actually something that has been going on for 12 months and companies are still trying to fill positions.

Earlier this month the Associated General Contractors of America released a report that in the past year (October 2016 to October 2017), 41 states added construction jobs. What's more, the number could have been larger had there been more qualified workers in the market.

"Although construction employment has risen over the past year, many contractors report difficulty finding workers with the right skills," said chief economist Ken Simonson. "Last month, construction employment increased in only half the states, a total that would probably have been higher if workers were available."

Some of the states that added the most construction jobs were California (44,400 jobs), Florida (35,600 jobs), and Texas (17,200 jobs).

Job Satisfaction

Complementing the increasing need for more labor in the industry is a recent report stating that job satisfaction is on the rise as well.

According to a Construction Week, there has been a 10 percent rise in job satisfaction compared to last year.

The 2017 Salary Survey, which will be published on Dec. 2, highlighted that employees were given construction companies favorable ratings. This was based on 688 respondents to the online survey.

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