AGC advocates skills-based programs to prevent worker shortage

06/20/2013 | American City Business Journals

The unemployment rate in the construction sector in May was the lowest it has been in five years -- a fact that could signal a coming worker shortage, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The group advocates development of skills-based programs or vocational courses to encourage students to consider careers in construction and is urging Congress to say no to arbitrary caps in the proposed immigration-reform bill. "One of the biggest challenges this industry faces is limited supply of skilled construction workers available to meet the kind of demand we all hope the industry will soon experience," said Stephen Sandherr, the AGC's chief executive officer.

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