For the seventh consecutive year, The 2017 Manpower talent shortage employer survey lists the skilled trades as the hardest jobs to fill in the United States.
Nearly 40% of the Chicago metro building construction workforce was lost after 2008* yet demand for building in 2017 continues to grow for both residential and commercial projects.
There is an aging workforce with more than half of skilled tradesmen over 45 years old**
A building renaissance is under way with the last big building boom happening during the Eisenhower administration, our nation’s infrastructure will need to be rebuilt.
*Chicago Tribune May 31, 2016 “Construction contractors warn of a labor shortage as building booms”