A recent survey suggested that the majority of construction firms in the U.S. are struggling to employ quality workers. In the report published by Associated General Contractor of America (AGC), 83 percent of firms cited a shortage of skilled labor. That percentage is up 9 points from last year's survey.
AGC director Ken Simonson blamed the shift in educational focus for the shortage. He said that schools across the country have moved away from teaching technical skills – like how to operate cutting tools – over the last decade.
Seventy percent of survey respondents believed it will continue to be difficult to find skilled labor or get even harder in the next 12 months.
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