Despite Slowdown, Houston Faces Construction Worker Shortage

A survey shows Texas, along with the rest of the country, is continuing the trend of labor shortage in construction.

Seventy-four percent of Texas construction companies say they are having a hard time finding hourly craft workers, like carpenters, electricians or plumbers.

That’s according to a survey released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.

In Houston, 11 of the 14 companies that responded have that problem. That’s despite construction being down here.

"Houston went from one of the fastest-growing, if not the fastest-growing construction job market to a market that’s more stable at this point," Brian Turmail with AGC said.

He said last year, Houston added only 400 construction jobs. Austin, San Antonio and Dallas all added at least 1,000 during that time.

Neil Eldin, dean of the College of Technology at the University of Houston, said the shortage in skilled construction workers has long been a trend. That’s why the building slowdown here in Houston hasn’t considerably affected demand for more workers.

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