According to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) the construction sector had 400,000 job openings in March of this year, an increase of 60,000 jobs from the previous year.
Construction workers quit more than they were letgo by about 3% which is well above the layoffs and discharges rate of 1.6%. It's the 13th consecutive month with quits outpacing layoffs.
“The March JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) data reflect a labor market that continues to be strong and an economy that continues to have forward momentum,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Despite evidence of project postponements due to elevated costs of delivering construction services, including sky-high materials costs, demand for workers continues to rise. In March, the number of available, unfilled job openings in construction approached 400,000. Indeed, many economic segments registered an increase in the number of positions awaiting candidates.
“The upshot is that many contractors are operating at capacity and expanding that capacity,” said Basu. “The construction industry faces a severe skilled worker shortage of 650,000 in 2022, and it is likely that construction wages will continue to grow at above-average rates as contractors compete for talent. That will drive the cost of delivering construction services even higher during the months ahead, a notion supported by the recent decline in contractor profit margin expectations, as indicated by ABC’s Construction Confidence Indicator."