Homebuilders Struggle to Fill Jobs 'Americans Don't Want'

When looking at a construction site, one can see its workers bustling along, setting the concrete, placing beams or even framing windows. What is often overlooked, however, is the speed of which construction is being completed.

According to a new report from CNBC, construction around the country is taking about two months longer than usual to build because there aren't enough available workers.

The average sales rate in Denver is usually about 15,000 homes per year, however the market is on track to hit about half that rate.

Some may blame the recession for this sudden drop, as thousands of construction workers fled to the energy sector during that time. The assumption was that they would return as homebuilding increased, but that wasn't the case. The labor shortage has actually gotten worse since last year.

As more Americans enroll in college, less are inclined to pursue a career in construction. Thus leaving the construction field to immigrant laborers.

"These jobs, Americans don't want," Gene Myers, CEO of Thrive Builders said. "We have a hard-working Hispanic labor force here in Denver that really is the foundation for the construction industry."

 

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One response to “Homebuilders Struggle to Fill Jobs 'Americans Don't Want'

  1. I used to work industrial construction as a pipe welder and it's not that people don't want the work!

    My last job building a gas turbine power plant for a multi billion dollar company paid less than half the hourly rate of a Union welder, required a drug test, full physical including getting naked for my employer, daily threats that if you sit for 1 minuite on a 12 1/2 hour shift in 100 + degree heat you get fired, if you are late by a second you are fired, if you ever mention the company on a social media site you are fired, if you bring a cell phone to work you are fired and they even do random raids on tool boxes and check lunch boxes, if your foreman sees you know more then them they run you off of the job by harassing you until you quit and finally if you walk off of the job you will get arrested!

    Why would anyone want a job like this?

    This is the new reality for the working class!

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