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The problem of
is not solved, but at least
we're seeing substantial
progress. This March,
the Associated General
Contractors (AGC) of
America reported that
35 states and the District
of Columbia added
construction jobs between
February 2017 and
AGC also reported that 38
states added construction
jobs between January and
February. "The construction
industry continues to add employees in most of the nation,
despite a shortage of workers
with construction experience,"
Chief Economist Ken Simonson said in a statement. "But
job openings are growing as
contractors encounter a shrinking pool of
experienced job seekers."
According to AGC, California has added the
most construction jobs in the past year, while
Texas and Florida also saw high numbers.
However, 14 states lost jobs between February
2017 and 2018, with North Dakota suffering the
highest percentage of loss.
"The states with the largest job gains were all
recovering from natural disasters, while losses
were concentrated in the Plains states," Simonson added. "The Plains states have been hurt by
a downturn in farm-related income."
According to AGC officials, the gains show that
the industry provides good opportunities but
public agencies need to do more. But the association did praise Congress' passage of funding
increases for programs to help students and
underemployed adults grow their construction
skills. "Rebuilding career and technical education
programs is essential for helping the economy
expand and assure a supply of qualified construction workers," CEO Stephen E. Sandherr said.
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