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Workforce Development - Be Part of the Solution

The Problem

At the peak of the recession, the construction industry lost nearly 30 percent of its workforce. Now, the industry is facing an aging workforce, an insufficient pipeline of new workers and lost workers that moved on to other industries.

According to a survey of Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) members, 75 percent of respondents’ companies are experiencing a shortage of willing and qualified craft professionals. These results support the findings of the Construction Labor Market Analyzers’ 20/20 Foresight Report, which shows there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 2 million skilled craft workers by 2017.

The Solution

Many in the industry are doing what they can to help close that gap, including the ABC Pacific Northwest Chapter. The ABC Workforce Committee launched a campaign this year to provide student, parents and educators with information and resources about the exciting career opportunities in the construction industry.

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