Labor Pains

Shifts in perception may help swell the ranks of the construction industry, where skilled workers are an endangered species, but community presence, engagement and a push to change the way kids learn could be the foundation on which a new improved workforce is built.

Recruiting quality talent into the workforce has always been something of a headache, says Doug McMurry, executive vice president of AGC’s San Antonio Chapter and a 20-year association veteran. These days, “it’s a full-blown migraine.”

And the Lone Star State is not the only place feeling the effects of the construction industry’s ever-evaporating talent pool. A recent nationwide survey conducted by AGC of America found that while most of the membership is quite optimistic about where things are headed in 2014 and beyond, workforce issues are the one cloud in an otherwise bright blue sky.

Labor Pains.

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