The same labor availability issues that have plagued forest products manufacturers since the COVID pandemic began are also plaguing builders as the economy seeks to rebound. According to a survey of more than 2,000 construction companies, both hourly and salaried employees are currently very hard to find—a sentiment shared by many employers.
In an August survey, the trade group Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) surveyed more than 2,100 construction firms around the country and found 91% were having trouble filling construction trade craft positions, while almost as many (87%) said salaried employees were hard to find as well.
The situation is ongoing for builders who have already been beset by materials price increases and availability in addition to labor issues since the COVID pandemic began. According to the survey, 88% of firms are experiencing project delays.
Three-quarters of builders cite longer lead times-material shortages for project delays, 61% cite labor shortages for and 57% said delivery delays compounded project problems.
Labor and materials issues surrounding the construction industry have broader implications since resulting delays act as a drag on the U.S. housing market and plans for large federal infrastructure projects.
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for July, the number of unfilled construction positions is going down slowly, but 321,000 construction industry jobs remain unfilled.
NewLife Forest Restoration has ramped up production at its new engineered wood products plant in Bellemont, Ariz., while also increasing forest restoration work in service of its 4 Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Phase 1 Forest Service stewardship contract that seeks to thin and treat more than 300,000 acres at risk of…
Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) announced on August 25 that it will shut down its particleboard plant in Dillard, Ore. The plant has been in operation since 1965, and will continue running as the plant prepares for shut down in the next 60 days…
Beginning September 27 exploreSiempelkamp will participate in the digital event, LIGNA.Innovation Network, organized by Deutsche Messe AG and the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Assn…
PotlatchDeltic Corp. has appointed Ashlee Cribb as Vice President, Wood Products. She succeeds Tom Temple, who is retiring in October after serving in this role since 2009. “We are thrilled to welcome Ashlee,” comments Eric Cremers, PotlatchDeltic…
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