Summer construction slows down due to lack of labor

Summer construction slows down due to lack of labor

Summer remodeling and construction have slowed down due to the lack of specialized labor workers. The case is related to the supply and demand for labor. The number of workers has declined as compared to their demand. The ongoing projects are facing pressure due to the steady decline in the number of craftsmen.

David Van Osdol of MacPherson Builders said, “Frankly, there are not enough people doing this right now.” The constructors are paying more or waiting for the electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. There is a shortage of them at the construction works. Osdol has been present in the construction field for 20 years. He says that it is good to stay busy but the lack of specialized workers is a frustration for them.

There is no doubt that the construction industry is facing a huge challenge of the skilled labor shortage. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the data about the number of construction jobs. The data suggests that the number of construction jobs increased by 21000 in June. The number of jobs increased by 3% over the last 12 months.

The US Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index also released key data about the construction industry. The data reveals that the firms are asking their workers to do 81% extra work. At least 70% of firms have failed to meet the deadlines. Firms are also increasing costs of new work and 63% of firms have increased the costs, according to the data.

Osdol thinks that the shortage of skilled labor was started four or five years ago. Some experts even think that the trend goes far behind. The lack of specialized workers has slowed down the pace of projects, Osdol said. Chicago Public Schools took an initiative to offer a construction training program in collaboration with the Department of Buildings. The program is for the high school juniors and seniors. The participants will get paid work experiences and credits.

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Hundreds of Chicago fast-food employees strike over companies’ failure to keep them safe
On Wednesday, hundreds of Chicago fast-food workers from more than 50 restaurants went on strike
AGC survey finds key challenges for Illinois contractors
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) conducted a survey about the challenges of contractors
May Day captures the hearts of workers
May 1, is a day of huge expectations for the workers all across the globe.
7 New Year Resolution to Your Financial Fitness
I's almost time to ring in the New Year — and many people are looking forward
Lori Lightfoot Accuses Stores of Not Doing Enough for Safety
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has accused stores of not taking adequate measures to prevent themselves from being
Statistics over shopping behavior on Thanksgiving Day
U.S. brick-and-mortar stores regained some popularity during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but overall there
Pekin Man Is Sentenced to 12 Years 7 Months for Possession of Methamphetamine
Daniel W. Dawe, a 48-year-old man from Pekin, Illinois, has been sentenced to twelve years
JAHM offers to listen to the voices the Early 20th Century
Now, Joliet citizens can listen to the voices that sounded more than fifty years ago.
SIUC is called to stop disciplinary investigation into Chinese professor
CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty Association (SIUCFA) calls Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)
IDES to Change Unemployment Insurance
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that in the coming