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New national survey indicates there aren’t enough construction workers; especially in Nebraska

September 12, 2018

LINCOLN - A new survey from a prominent trade organization indicates the country is in dire need of construction workers; particularly in craft positions.

Chief Economist Ken Simonson with the Associated General Contractors of America says of the more than 2,500 companies that responded, 80% said they are having difficulty filling positions. Simonson notes the shortage is especially bad in Nebraska.

Of the 28 companies that listed Nebraska as their principle state, 85% said they had trouble filling craft positions while 65% said they had trouble filling salaried positions, says Simonson.

To counter the problem, Simonson says the industry needs to attract the next generation of workers by engaging more with young people. He says because construction has a clear path for advancement and offers a high base pay, the career is a good fit for young people who don’t want to pursue a college degree.

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