Builders Report Labor Shortages on the Rise

Labor and subcontractor shortages became even more widespread in July of 2017 than they were in June of 2016, according to single-family builders in a recent NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey.

As NAHB Senior Economist Paul Emrath reported in Eye on Housing, the survey listed 15 specific occupations, and for each one, builders reported shortages of varying degrees.

Topping the list were framers and carpenters, shortages of whom were reported by roughly 3 out of 4 builders. The HMI survey also revealed a persistent shortage of subcontractors.

Go to Eye on Housing for additional details.

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  1. A lack of interest by the industry to promote CAD centric, job specific framing templates created by the 3d model. That would solve the labor problem. Technology is all there.

  2. Corinne Ruth Johnson says:

    Also public schools in some states are pushing all kids to go to college and are not exposing them to other opportunities like these which are needed and valuable and have apprenticeships or on the job training.

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