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Labor Woes Persist As Specialty Firms Strive To Meet Demand

From ENR.com. This year's ENR Southwest Top Specialty Contractors rankings include data from 31 firms, with combined regional revenue for 2018 topping $1.8 billion. That's up from $1.7 billion in 2017. As construction spending increases, companies are struggling to find enough workers to meet demand, according to many firms in the industry.
“Workforce shortages are having significant impacts on the industry,” says Tom Dunn, president, Arizona Builders Alliance. “The Great Recession, the impending retirement of the baby boomer generation, the lack of focus on [construction] training in our educational system and extreme competition from other industries for the same labor market pool have led to increased labor project costs, lowered productivity from less skilled workers, scheduling issues and construction development viability.” Read more here.

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