Construction Job Openings Rise – Again

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job openings in the construction industry were up year-over-year in September. There were 338,000 jobs openings in September 2019, compared to 299,000 in September 2018. While the labor shortage continues to have a negative impact for business owners and consumers, it does mean that there are … Read more Construction Job Openings Rise – Again

New Article Highlights Creative Solutions

A new article on Entrepreneur  goes into the socioeconomic factors that have lead to a decline in trade school enrollment, as well as creative solutions some organizations are taking. This all hands on deck mindset means that the problem is being attacked form multiple angles. To save his profession, Sposari has begun thinking differently. Finding … Read more New Article Highlights Creative Solutions

Teaching the Trades Can Help

A new program in Cleveland shows promise for bringing new blood in the construction trades, and could be a template for Minnesota. This article highlights Building Great Futures, a collaborative effort between Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and Cuyahoga County. This excerpt gives an overview … Read more Teaching the Trades Can Help

Labor Shortage Hitting Minnesota Harder

The Star Tribune reports that 92% of Minnesota employers polled reported difficulty filling their skilled labor positions. This compares to only 80% nationwide, highlighting the uphill battle we have. This excerpt highlights how we’ve arrived here: Minnesota’s construction industry grew 20% from 2014 to 2018, said Sean O’Neil, a workforce development coordinator with the Minnesota … Read more Labor Shortage Hitting Minnesota Harder

Good News: Apprenticeships On The Rise

While the labor shortage is predicted to be a long-term issue for the construction industry, there are some positive signs. A new piece from Twin Cities Business Magazine discusses the 27% growth in apprenticeships in Minnesota between 2014 and 2017. Impressively, 96% of internship in the state are in the construction trades. Everyone benefits from these … Read more Good News: Apprenticeships On The Rise

Labor Shortage Continues to Impact Housing Market

New data from the NAHB shows that the labor shortage is continuing to impact new home prices by driving up costs. According to the builders surveyed, the biggest impacts on their business from the shortage were: Causing builders to pay higher wages/subcontractor bids (87%) Making it difficult to complete projects on time (81%) Making it … Read more Labor Shortage Continues to Impact Housing Market