The Case for Diversifying Construction

9 Feb 2017

Construction was hit harder than any Minnesota industry during the recession, losing nearly 38,000 jobs between 2006 and 2010. The construction industry has come on strong since then and last year was the fastest-growing labor sector in the state. 

But with success comes challenges. A story by Oriane Casale in the latest issue of Trends magazine says construction is now struggling to find workers, despite being an industry with above-average pay and low education requirements. 

One sign of the tight labor market for construction: The number of job vacancies in the industry climbed from 710 in the second quarter of 2009 to 6,700 in the second quarter last year, according to a DEED study. 

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