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Good Help Hard To Find, Say Colorado GCs

Good Help Hard To Find, Say Colorado GCs

Colorado contractors report considerable trouble in filling skilled construction positions, according to the Associated General Contractors of America's 2016 Workforce Survey. Fully 89% of respondents report "having a hard time filling some hourly craft positions." In particular, all of those contractors surveyed said they were having a hard time hiring qualified carpenters.

Concrete workers were almost as tough to find: 88% said they were having trouble finding them, the survey found. Three-quarters of contractors are having trouble finding electricians. The outlook isn't much better, either: 63% expect to have a hard time filling those jobs next year. When assessing the adequacy of the local pipeline for supplying well-trained craft personnel, 49% said it was "poor" and only 36% said "fair."