Labor shortage grows more urgent after historic storms

Weeks after hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused billions of dollars in damage, the national construction labor shortage is hampering rebuilding efforts in some of the hardest-hit communities.

According to The Wall Street Journal, in Texas, where Harvey damaged more than 30,000 homes, 69% of construction contractors said they were struggling to fill positions.

A survey by Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida found that 88 percent of construction firms expressed plans to increase hiring during 2017, and 84 percent predicted they would have difficulty filling those jobs. And that survey was conducted in March, long before Irma did between $20-and-$40 billion in property damage.

Clearly, recruiting and retaining good workers is more important to your success — and to your community — than ever. For useful tips, read 10 Tips for Retaining Your Employees.

For further reading, GAF and National Association of Roofing Contractors CEO Reid Ribble discussed their plans to help address this vital issue on our PROBlog and well as in a recent tweet chat.

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