The number of construction jobs is expected to grow by 11 percent over the next 10 years. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes finds out why that is both a good and bad thing.
There is a big demand for construction workers right now, but the number of people looking for those jobs isn’t meeting that need.
“By 2019 nationwide we’ll be about a million and a half short of employees in the construction industry,” Dusty Rallis said.
Half the workforce in the construction industry is 41 years or older and open positions aren’t being filled.
“The jobs are still there the demand for the jobs and the employees aren’t there,” Dusty Rallis said.
The industry has different kinds of careers for people to choose from.
“It takes 22 subcontractors to build a home from start to finish whether it’s electricians, plumbers, floorers, roofers, framers, anything that you can relate to that takes to build a home that’s what we consider a trade career,” Tom DeHaven said.
Even with a shortage in workers, the trade is still high in demand.
“It’s one of the fastest growing industries in the United States is the construction industry,” Dusty Rallis said.