Construction, which boomed before the recession, has been slow at coming back, especially in the Central Valley. It’s not so much that demand for projects is low as that the industry is having trouble finding enough workers.
“There are fewer qualified laborers in today’s construction workforce,” said Chris Marr, director of business development for George Reed Construction in Modesto. “And it seems the attitude for doing hard work isn’t there in today’s younger generation.”
Construction is a major contributor to California’s economy and to that of the Central Valley. In 2014 the industry has contributed $75 billion, or 3.2 percent, of the state’s GDP of $2.3 trillion. Wages and salaries totaled $42.3 billion, according to a study by the Associated General Contractors of America... Read More