U.S. Construction Shortage

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Today’s job numbers point to a U.S. economy that’s picking up more and more momentum. Traditionally, one of the biggest economic engines in this country has been construction, but people in that industry say they’re having real trouble finding skilled workers. CCTV’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports on the problem and what’s being done to address it, from Denver.

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U.S. Construction Shortage

U.S. Construction Shortage

Today's job numbers point to a U.S. economy that's picking up more and more momentum. Traditionally, one of the biggest economic engines in this country has been construction, but people in that industry say they're having real trouble finding skilled workers. CCTV's Hendrik Sybrandy reports on the problem and what's being done to address it, from Denver.
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Hundreds of thousands of construction workers lost their jobs during the recession. By the time the downturn was over, a lot of them had found new careers. Now, the consulting firm FMI estimates there’ll be 200,000 more skilled jobs this year than workers to fill them.

The Colorado Contractors Association says retiring baby boomers have contributed to the shortfall, and so has the message that you have to have a college degree to be successful.

A new federal program unveiled last month will increase job training and schooling. Apprenticeship programs like one these two future heavy equipment operators signed up for this week help teach valuable skills too.

Immigration reform is also a top priority for many in the construction industry.

The goal is find and develop more qualified workers…

More people could help build the economy beyond where it is right now.