By Sonu Wasu for ABC15
With the demand for new homes climbing, there’s a big need for people to build them. The construction industry has been booming, but home builders and contractors are having a tough time finding skilled workers to do the job.
Some of the reasons for the shortage of work crews in Arizona include the political climate. The construction industry is traditionally run by foreign labor. In Arizona, Texas, and California there are primarily Hispanic workers. Toll Brothers home builders, division president Bob Flaherty said that most of the workers are legal, but the political climate had pushed the labor market into other states.
Arizona is trying to lure construction workers back into the state by promising a 15-20% higher salary than other states.
Industry experts said during the real estate boom, there were more than 60,000 new builds in the metro Phoenix area. During the housing market crash that fell to about 6,000. Now the market continues to be on the upswing, with about 18,000 to 20,000 new builds, but the labor market has not rebounded.
At its height about 250,000 skilled workers had jobs in the state, today there are about 140,000 jobs that still need to be filled.
Most job postings state they’re hiring immediately with no experience needed.
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