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Industry Wants Fed Help to Tackle Labor Shortages

If you believe the projections, the construction industry could see hundreds of thousands of new jobs as a result of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The industry just needs fed buy-in for skilled worker training while it waits for shovels to hit the dirt on coming infrastructure projects....


Former Educator Making a Difference With C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.

Jeremy Whitaker taught construction trades education for seven years at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, Ga., before he was hired by C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. last June to promote the construction industry in elementary and high schools as a means to secure much-needed workers for an industry that is experiencing a labor shortage....


'Fast Lane to Jobs' Initiative Yielding Results

The ongoing shortage of construction workers is affecting general contractors and subcontractors in many states. This is very much the situation for the membership of the Georgia Highway Construction Association (GHCA), which has the twin challenge of replacing an existing aging workforce, where retirements occur daily, all while seriously increasing the labor pool to meet the demand of increasing amount of work being asked for by the Georgia Department of Transportation, large cities such as Atlanta and by smaller counties....


New Grant to Support Women in the Construction Industry

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) announced a $1 million Notice of Grant Opportunity to provide greater employment opportunities for females entering the construction trades....


Alaska Expects Skilled Worker Shortage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaska could soon face a labor shortage in some of its key industries, state workforce development officials said. Several major projects are gearing up in the oil, gas and construction sectors in the state, requiring thousands of workers in the next few years, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported....


Labor Shortage: It's Not Necessarily About Pay

A recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America notes that more than 80 percent of contractors are struggling to fill hourly craft positions or those that require specialized training to perform....


Supreme Court Deals Big Setback to Labor Unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor....


Ex-Inmates May Help State Weather Labor Shortage

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) An Arizona county on the U.S.-Mexico border is hoping former inmates can help with a labor shortage amid a federal immigration crackdown. The Arizona Republican reported Cochise County developer Rick Coffman said developers have complained that the labor shortage is slowing down production and hurting home sales....


Construction Industry Struggles With Labor Shortage

PROVO, Utah (AP) When looking at the changing skyline of Lehi and Pleasant Grove's technology corridors, or the cranes swinging across downtown Provo, one would think the construction industry is going gangbusters....


Not All Industry Wages Are Created Equal: How Does Your State Stack Up?

It's no secret that the construction industry needs workers — according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report from July, there are 225,000 construction jobs available throughout the U.S. Post-recession, the demand for residential construction workers has started to increase once again, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said....






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