It comes to us as no surprise that we continue to hear about the devastating damage that both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have done. The reparations have only just begun but if history tells us one thing, it’s that we have a long road ahead before the destruction can be completely reversed.
As we’ve come to learn from past natural disasters, the impact of these storms extends far and wide. Not only have entire communities been wiped out, costing and estimated $290 billion in damages combined, various businesses country-wide will be heavily affected, particularly the construction business.
The demand for construction workers is one that has been steadily increasing within the last few years, and in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey’s and Irma’s aftermath, the labor squeeze has only gotten worse. Just this past June, before the hurricanes even hit, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 225,000 construction job openings. To put this in perspective, that is a 30 percent jump from last year and a 125 percent jump since 2012.
This severe shortage of construction workers is expected to cause widespread delays and push both labor and material costs sharply higher not only within the areas that were hit, but nationwide.
Even though the construction industry is currently at a bit of a crossroads, there is definitely no shortage of projects to be tackled, which bodes well for the long-term health of the commercial construction economy. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, contractors remain confident about new business over the next year. In fact, 97 percent have either high or moderate confidence and 95 percent expect either higher or stable revenues.
However, these expectations rest on acquiring the workforce necessary to get the job done. This brings up the question of how can we, as general contractors, navigate the construction worker shortage?
How to Combat the Construction Labor Shortage
While things may be challenging for the construction industry right now in maintaining a stable workforce, there is a clear silver lining and it seems like forecast down the line doesn’t look nearly as bad. If you, like the vast majority of contractors nationwide, are experiencing difficulty hiring and retaining quality construction workers, it might be time to take a step back to identify the root of your company’s problem. For all you know, it could be a relatively easy fix!
About JGL Consulting
A recent 2017 Best of HomeAdvisor award recipient, JGL Consulting is a full-service general contracting company that has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 2016, handling all types of construction and home improvement projects, including residential remodeling, detached garage and guest home builds, driveway extensions, patios and decks, stone work, trim and mouldings, outdoor flooring and interior and exterior painting. A local, family-owned business, JGL’s goal is to deliver an exceptional construction experience by adding lasting value to its clients’ homes. JGL Consulting is Dual KB-1 ROC licensed and maintains a five-star rating on HomeAdvisor. The company uses the most innovative and cutting-edge designs in today’s remodeling market, all while maintaining a professionalism that is second to none. For more information about JGL Consulting and the services that it provides, visit https://www.jglconsulting.org/about.html.