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Construction Industry Plagued By Labor Shortages Nationwide, Including In San Antonio

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San Antonio's construction industry is booming, but there aren't enough qualified people to do the work.

For years the construction industry has suffered from nationwide labor shortages, even as unemployment rates dwindle to a record low of 3.7 percent in Texas and an even lower 2.6 percent in San Antonio.

Skilled workers, journeyman and professional trade workers are still in high demand and companies are coming up empty handed. Texas is in short supply of certified and experienced carpenters, concrete workers, electricians and plumbers.

What does this labor shortage mean for the economy? How is the shortage affecting housing availability and costs?

Why aren't there more workers with construction experience and specialty skills? What’s being done to rebuild the workforce of qualified craft workers?


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