Tag Archive for ‘construction labor’

Young Adults & the Construction Trades

NAHB conducted a national poll of young adults ages 18 to 25 to find out how this age group feels about a career in the construction trades. The majority of young adults (74%) say they know the field in which they want to have a career.  Of these, only 3% are interested in the construction trades. Most of the young… Read More ›

Construction Employment: Faster Growth in the West and the Midwest

Based on the Regional and State Employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall construction employment is growing relatively faster in states in the West and the Midwest. The amount of housing supplied through home building depends on both supply and demand considerations. Housing demand supports rental and owner-occupied demand. On the other side of the marketplace, housing supply… Read More ›

The Construction Immigrant Worker Flow

New NAHB research estimates the immigrant labor flow into the construction industry over the housing boom and bust years. The results show that more than 135,000 immigrant workers entered the US construction industry at the height of the housing boom in 2005. By 2011, the construction immigrant flow plummeted to a low of 23,000, highlighting the role of new immigrant… Read More ›

Where are the Trades?

From 2006 to 2011, over 1.5 million trade contractors left the market. In spite of 111,000 unfilled positions as of August 2013, employees are not returning as rapidly as one might expect. In fact, a recent survey found the cost and availability of labor to be second most significant issue faced by builders behind only building material prices. Relatively poor… Read More ›