Construction hiring slowed to a crawl during the recession. Now, an improving economy has sparked more construction activity, but employers are having difficulty finding qualified workers, according to a new report by a national contractors' organization.
Nationally, 83 percent of construction firms reported varying degrees of difficulty in filling key professional and craft worker positions, according to the report released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America, based in the Washington, D.C., area. In Ohio, 91 percent of construction firms reported such difficulties in hiring, the report said.
About 2 million workers lost jobs in the construction industry during the economic downturn, said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors, during the news conference releasing the report.