Job openings in construction up 81% in U.S.

The number of job openings in construction in the U.S. have increased by 81 percent over the last two years, ForConstructionPros reported, citing data from the National Association of Homebuilders. 

Presently, there are 200,000 job openings in construction across the country. The industry took a hit during the recession - there are 17 percent fewer construction workers currently than there were prior to the recession, the source noted. 

Despite the improved availability of construction jobs, some industry experts are concerned about a dwindling pool of qualified talent. 

"The construction industry took a really hard blow during the last recession, and now that the need is there, experienced construction workers are harder than ever to find," said Greg Norman, founder of BathMasters, in an interview with the source. "Many workers left the construction field altogether, and now we're feeling the impact, as there aren't as many seasoned professionals remaining to mentor the new generation."

There is other good news on the horizon, however. The producer price index for construction demand increased 0.4 percent in April from March, according to Construction Citizen. Employment in the industry also grew by 5,000 in April.

Presently, there are 200,000 job openings in construction across the country.